Supervisor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement after California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Los Angeles County, and the City of Los Angeles announced a $119.5 million settlement with SoCalGas over the Aliso Canyon gas leak:
“I want to commend and thank Attorney General Becerra, City Attorney Mike Feuer, and our Los Angeles County Counsel for bringing justice to the residents of Porter Ranch.
As a member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, I know how important it is to have healthy air quality for the residents of Porter Ranch and all residents throughout Los Angeles County.
I am also looking forward to the outcomes of the health impact study, and to learning how the lessons from this study can affect other communities throughout the County who are facing their own environmental justice issues.
I am especially pleased that $5.2 million of this settlement will be made available through the County Department of Public Health for lead paint cleanup near the Exide facility.
This funding will be used to identify a contractor who will be able to remove lead paint hazard in homes and will coordinate with DTSC on these efforts.
This will provide reprieve for the tens of thousands of residents who have been affected by Exide contamination for decades, enduring environmental injustice — California’s own Flint, Michigan.”
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