LA County will offer free lead tests for people near plant

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health plans to offer free blood tests for lead poisoning to hundreds of thousands of residents because of worries over toxic pollution from a battery recycling plant.

County officials tell the Los Angeles Times that the company that runs the plant in Vernon — Exide Technologies — will pay for the tests for residents of southeast Los Angeles.

The state shut down the plant earlier this year after air quality officials found it had high levels of lead and arsenic in its emissions, but a judge granted Exide a restraining order to reopen it.

Dr. Cyrus Rangan of the health department says the tests are mostly meant to reassure the public, and he does not expect to find large numbers of cases.

 

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