September—October 2016 Pacific Southwest Newsletter
Cleaning Up the Maywood Fire Site
EPA has begun site preparations and hazardous waste removal in the aftermath of the Fruitland Ave. magnesium fire in Maywood, Calif. The cleanup activities are expected to last about eight weeks and may cost up to $3 million. EPA is conducting air monitoring throughout the cleanup and will take measures to ensure contaminants at the site do not pose a health risk.
- LA Times: EPA Begins $3 Million Cleanup of Maywood Magnesium Fire Exit
- EPA Response to Fruitland Magnesium Fire
Supporting Healthy Communities for Children
Children are more heavily exposed to environmental pollution because, pound for pound, they breathe more air, drink more water, and eat more food than adults. Children play close to the ground and put their hands in their mouths. They are also vulnerable to environmental hazards because their bodies are still developing, making them less able to metabolize, detoxify and excrete toxins.
Protecting Kids from Lead Poisoning
There are many ways to reduce a child's exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects. EPA, along with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Centers for Disease Control, promote educational activities. This year, during Lead Poisoning Prevention week in October, the focus is on lead in drinking water.
Enforcing Federal Rules on Lead
EPA has settled a case with a real estate firm for failing to properly disclose the potential presence of lead when selling six residential properties in Kern County, Calif. The company will pay a penalty and purchase equipment to test blood lead levels in children.