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Few Exide neighbors have been tested for lead




Adelene Vasquez, an East L.A. resident and activist campaigning to close the Exide battery recycling plant, said it is no surprise that few people have gotten their blood tested for lead contamination, given the county's lackluster promotion of its free testing program.
Adelene Vasquez, an East L.A. resident and activist campaigning to close the Exide battery recycling plant, said it is no surprise that few people have gotten their blood tested for lead contamination, given the county's lackluster promotion of its free testing program.
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It's been three months since L.A. County started offering free blood tests for neighbors of the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon. 

Exide's footing the bill for the effort, which started because the plant has emitted unsafe amounts of lead into the environment. The facility is currently closed while regulators decide whether to let it reopen.

KPCC's Adrian Florido checked into the blood screening program, and found that very few people have been tested. 
 



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