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California to Probe Former Battery Recycling Site Cleanup

Feb. 26, 2020, 8:56 PM

California’s state auditor will investigate how the Department of Toxic Substances Control is handling cleanup at a former battery recycling site just south of Los Angeles, where thousands of properties have been contaminated with lead.

The Joint Committee on Legislative Audit voted Wednesday to probe contracts, cleanup times, and other issues at the Exide Technologies site, which closed in 2015 and is in bankruptcy.

“This is the worst environmental disaster on the West Coast,” Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D), who requested the audit, said, adding that lawmakers have many questions.

Operations at the site released an estimated 7 million pounds...

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