Statements from Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and Governor Gavin Newsom on his Proposed Budget to Invest $50 Million for Exide Cleanup

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and Gov. Gavin Newsom have released statements on Governor Newsom’s inclusion of $50 million in his proposed state budget to accelerate the cleanup of properties contaminated by lead from the Exide plant.

Supervisor Hilda L. Solis
“I am pleased and thankful that the Governor’s proposed state budget includes an investment of $50 million to help accelerate the cleanup of homes affected by lead contamination from the now-defunct Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon. For more than 30 years, families harmed by lead contamination from the Exide plant have suffered in silence. Early last month, I sent a letter to then-Governor-elect Newsom asking him to address this humanitarian crisis and provide much needed funding in his proposed budget. Today, the cries of our residents were heard in the State Capitol. This proposed allocation of $50 million is an important step forward for environmental justice.

I am hopeful these additional state funds will accelerate cleaning efforts in affected neighborhoods, providing much-needed relief to these vulnerable communities. I thank Governor Newsom for prioritizing environmental justice and our communities in his proposed budget, and I look forward to continue working with the Governor on initiatives that promote the health and well-being of all LA County residents.”

Governor Gavin Newsom
“The state simply has not done nearly enough to help the community and families near the facility. This budget adds $50 million to speed up the long delayed cleanup efforts. I am grateful for the leadership of the Supervisor, her colleagues and Members of Legislature on this issue.”

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