Environment & Science

Toxics agency says Exide cleanup is far from over

A worker removes soil from an East Los Angeles home in April 2016 during an Exide cleanup operation.
A worker removes soil from an East Los Angeles home in April 2016 during an Exide cleanup operation.
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The head of the state Department of Toxic Substances Control says it will take two more years to finish removing lead from all of 2,500 properties near the old Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon. She also says her agency will make sure Exide pays for the cleanup of an estimated 7,000 additional properties, even if the state has to sue.