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Jerry Brown approves Exide clean-up funds

California assemblyman says Exide plant hurt his son

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, speaks during an April 14, 2016 floor debate on a bill to clean up an Exide plant that Santiago said has caused his son suffering. Video courtesy of the California Channel.
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Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, speaks during an April 14, 2016 floor debate on a bill to clean up an Exide plant that Santiago said has caused his son suffering. Video courtesy of the California Channel.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation authorizing $176.6 million to clean up toxic contamination from a shuttered Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon.

The facility, about five miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, was permanently closed by the state in 2014. Testing found elevated levels of lead in children living near the facility, and thousands of nearby properties potentially contaminated with lead.

Brown authorized clean-up funding less than a week after lawmakers approved the expense, proposed by Brown in February.

“Children should be able to play in yards free from toxics,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “With this funding plan, we’re doubling down on efforts to protect the community and hold Exide responsible.”

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