City of Vernon California


DTSC Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: How does DTSC determine which yards to clean up first?

A: Two categories will receive priority: Properties with lead levels over 1,000 parts per million, or those properties with bare soil where young children or pregnant women are present and lead levels are above 400 parts per million in the upper 3 inches of soil at two sample locations.

Q: What can residents do to protect themselves from lead until their property is cleaned up?

A:  Families can take steps to reduce exposure, including, but not limited to the following:

• Avoid areas of bare soil or cover the areas of bare soil

• Remove shoes before going into the home

• Wash hands after coming in from outside

• Wash fruits and vegetables from the yard before eating them

Q: How long does it take to clean up a property?

A: Each property has averaged up to five days to clean up; depending on the size of the yard at each property.

Q: Why is DTSC encouraging residents living close to the Exide facility to have their blood tested for lead?

A: Blood testing is a good indicator of recent exposure to lead. It also enables experts to identify potential "hot spots" and expedite cleanup efforts to stop any further exposure. Blood testing is currently offered free of charge to residents in a select area surrounding the Exide facility. Contact the Los Angeles County Public Health Department for more information: 844-888-2290.

Q: When did DTSC shut the plant down?

A: Exide stopped operations in March 2014 and in March 2015 DTSC required the facility to permanently close.