- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California’s governor has made nearly $180 million available to find and clean up lead contamination in southeast Los Angeles County.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the plan Wednesday to remove toxic soil and other contamination from thousands of homes, schools and parks near the former Exide Technologies plant.

State analyses indicate the shuttered battery recycling plant deposited lead dust over as many as 10,000 properties within 1.7 miles of the facility.

The plant operated in Vernon for 33 years until the state forced its closure in 2014.

Deputy Director of the California Department of Finance H.D. Palmer says the state will seek repayment from Exide through negotiations or litigation.

The legislatively approved funds will be available after the state completes an environmental impact survey.

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