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ATTENTION MAYWOOD, BELL, CUDAHYAND NEARBY CITY RESIDENTS
There is a lead smelter plant in Vernon that is potentiallypoisoning your community. Your family could be at risk!
Our SALUD (Somos Aliados Latinos Unidos por la Dignidad - Latino Allies United for Dignity) is a grassroots health care watchdog coalition representing civic, community and business leadersfrom the Southern California Latino communities. We believe that our low-income, minority communities deserve quality health care access equal to other communities. We believe ourcommunities are not unlike other communities in California which are yearning for best practices and quality health care. We support our communities in their plight for safe, equal andunrestricted health care access. We bring awareness to unfair health care market practices and collaborate with various minority community health care stakeholder organizations in healthcare reform initiatives.
–NOT PUBLISHED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE. –
& City of BellCouncilmember Nestor Enrique Valencia
The California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control closed thesmelter on Bandini & Indiana in the City of Vernon on April2013 because it was emitting excess quantities of lead andarsenic into the air of surrounding communities as well aspolluting soil and water due to damaged undergroundpipelines. A judge has reversed the closing date and theplant has since reopened. The smelter opened its doors inthe 1920's and has reportedly emitted millions of pounds ofcancer causing arsenic and brain damaging lead into theair. There may be high levels of arsenic in the soil and housedust of homes in the areas that need to be cleaned up.
has been operating the VernonBattery Recycling Plant on an interim permit since 1981.It is believed that many people in this neighborhood areexperiencing health effects from the lead and arsenic fromthis plant. Even very low levels of lead and arsenic canmake people sick. "A report by Exide to the AQMD [AirQuality Management District] calculated a maximumindividual cancer risk of 156 in a million for those workingnear the facility, which is located in a largely industrial area.That risk is far above the agency’s public threshold of 10 ina million." L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina stated afterthe judge issued an order to allow the plant to continueoperations,
“Exide has failed to comply with its obligations to operate a safe facility.”
Community Forum & Town Hall Meeting
AT THE BELL COMMUNITY CENTER
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
6250 Pine Avenue • Bell, CA 90201
WE INVITE THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND A
There will be a medical doctor and a lawyer to explain and answer any questions you may have. There will also be a forensictoxicologist presenting information on the toxic effects expected in contaminated neighborhoods within the vicinity of the plant.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SC-AQMD)will have a permit hearing for
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
SC AQMD Headquarters21865 Copley Dr, Diamond Bar, CA 91765
For more information on the hearing, please contact Robert Cabraleswith Communities for a Better Environment at email@example.com
EXIDEPERMIT HEARING ALERT!