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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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Why would Disneyland be part of an effort to defeat a bill that requires reporting of blood-lead levels high enough to produce heart disease and serious brain disorders?
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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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Are California regulators in denial about the dangers of lead? The state's response to previous lead-poisoning crises raise plenty of doubts.

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