Governor: $176.6 Million For Cleanup
Gov. Jerry Brown will appropriate $176.6 million for the cleanup of the homes, parks and schools near the Exide battery recycling plant.
“This is a tremendous step,” Los Angeles County Board Chair Hilda L. Solis said. “This funding will bring immediate relief to thousands of families who for so long have been ignored.”
Last month, Solis traveled to Sacramento to urge the Governor and the State legislature to come up with funding to test all 10,000 homes and to clean up the most contaminated.
“Our voices were heard! For too long we have seen two Americas: one in which affluent neighborhoods get immediate help and relief. The other America is made up of poor working-class families who silently suffer.
“The governor’s action reconciles these two Americas," Solis said. "This is a step in the right direction.”
Community Gets National Attention
The plight of residents living near the shuttered Exide plant got some global attention this week. CBS Evening News aired an informative and heart-wrenching segment that explored how, despite closing in 2015, the Exide plant left dangerous levels of lead in the soil. And how the State of California hopes to fix it. Click here to watch the segment.
In addition, the editorial board at the Los Angeles Times had praise and encouragement for Gov. Brown’s proposal in this editorial. Supervisor Solis reflected on the funding for the Exide cleanup and next steps for the community in this blog for the Huffington Post.