Officials Support Newsom’s Added Funding For Exide Plant Cleanup

Councilman Kevin de León, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago and Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia Monday voiced their support for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $454.5 million in proposed funding to clean up toxic chemicals that leaked into more than 10,000 properties from the Exide Technologies battery recycling plan in Vernon.

Newsom unveiled the added money Friday as part of an $11 billion plan to fight climate change and fund clean air and water projects across the state. The $454.5 million would go toward cleaning the properties, parkways, parks and public right-of-ways polluted by the Exide plant, which opened in Vernon in 1922 and operated for years despite continuing environmental violations.