- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

VERNON, Calif. (AP) - California regulators have released a draft plan to clean up toxic lead in the soil near a former Southern California battery recycling plant.

The Department of Toxic Substances says the plan released Wednesday is a crucial preliminary step to cleaning up contaminated soil at about 2,500 homes, schools, parks and child care centers near the Exide Technologies plant.

The plan calls for removing soil six inches at a time until clean soil is found. Families will be temporarily relocated.

The public has until Jan. 31 to comment on the proposal.

The state says the Vernon plant deposited lead dust over properties within about two miles of the facility before it was closed in 2014.

In April, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure making nearly $180 million available for the cleanup.

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