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An investigation into a Sacramento gun range ultimately spurred new legislation to better protect workers from lead poisoning.
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An investigation finds that at least 80 companies continue to have workers in California who are lead-poisoned at levels high enough to cause birth defects, tremors and a variety of brain disorders.
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California Assembly Bill 2963, which is to be heard this week by the Senate Health Committee, aims to ensure there are no more cases like Exide or Mangan Park.
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Battery recycling is considered one of the most potentially hazardous industries. Yet Vernon’s Exide workers were routinely being poisoned with nearly nonexistent intervention by Cal/OSHA.
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Joe Rubin investigated the Exide plant as a data reporting fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. 
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Residents living near the now-shuttered Exide battery recycling center in east Los Angeles fought hard to close the lead-emitting plant. But their struggles continue, as they now turn to a cleanup effort of daunting proportions.

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