Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on Report About Child Blood Lead Levels Near Exide
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), who represents many of the communities around the former Exide Technologies facility in Vernon, as well as the site of the facility itself, issued the following statement about the California Department of Public Health's finding that children living near the Exide plant had higher blood lead levels in 2012 than those who lived farther away:
“I wish I could say I was surprised by the Department of Public Health's report of elevated blood lead levels in children living near the Exide plant. Instead, this chilling report confirms my fears, and the fears of many in our communities. It underscores the need for a rapid cleanup of the contaminated properties around Exide. Children in these neighborhoods should be able to go outside and play in their yards, and that cannot happen until we test and clean the tainted properties. I hope the state will follow through on its commitment to a swift decontamination process, and hasten the day when every parent can let their children play outdoors without fear of environmental poisoning.”
Residents are encouraged to call (844) 888-2290 to access free blood lead testing via the L.A. County Department of Public Health.