Few near LA-area recycler undergo lead testing

VERNON, Calif. (AP) — A program seeking to measure air pollution from a Los Angeles-area battery recycler is ineffective because too few nearby residents volunteered to have their blood tested for lead.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday (http://lat.ms/1s4IHtS ) that the free blood screening is intended to address concerns that lead and arsenic emissions from the Exide Technologies plant in Vernon plant have posed a health risk.

Despite resounding criticism of the plant from neighbors, only about 160 of the 100,000 people eligible for blood tests have taken advantage of screenings since the program began in April. The newspaper says fewer than 10 of those were children, who are at higher risk of lead poisoning.

Exide says it's spending $25 million to reduce pollution. The plant is closed until new requirements are met.

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