Exide’s 3rd Bankruptcy Approved 10-16-2020

(Full post, publicacion entera) We are enraged that Judge Sontchi has approved Exide’s 3rd bankruptcy with the support of the Department of “Justice.” The Vernon site will be abandoned by Exide by October 30, 2020 which will force Californians to pay for the costly toxic clean up. Despite over 1000 people submitting emails in opposition and over 250 people mobilized to a public hearing with a one day’s notice, Judge Sontchi ignored community concerns and testimony and still approved the bankruptcy plan.  Adding insult to injury the judge minimized the threat the Vernon site poses to SELA and ELA community members, finding that the site did not pose an immediate and imminent threat even though there admittedly extremely high rates of lead. While the judge preserves the right for the state of California to file administrative claims he ultimately ruled that the Exide will be able to walk away from the public health catastrophe they created by the end of the month. While this is not surprising to many of us that have witnessed local, state and federal government continually prioritize corporations over the well-being of our communities, it will never get easy to experience this slow violence. It will never get easy to know that our families have to continue to have their health deteriorate due to the carelessness of companies like Exide and the negligence of the state. US DOJ claims the bankruptcy is meant to avoid the site abandonment. Now, the site cleanup will be under Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) ‘s responsibility. Considering how the community cleanup is going and knowing DTSC has allowed for this massive disaster, we have little faith in them. Now more than ever it is important to continue building with our neighbors. The fight is not over, our communities have always organized and we will continue to so long as our government continues to fail us. What do we do when our communities are under attack? STAND UP, FIGHT BACK!

Amazing art work by Amber Williams-King

Nos enfurece que el juez Sontchi haya aprobado la tercera quiebra de Exide con la aprobación del Departamento de “Justicia”, lo que inevitablemente hará que los californianos paguen por la costosa limpieza tóxica. A pesar de que más de 1000 personas enviaron correos electrónicos en contra y más de 250 se movilizaron a una audiencia pública con un día de anticipación, El Departamento de Justicia de los Estados Unidos decidió ponerse del lado del contaminador. El juez Sontchi dijo que el estado de California aún puede presentar reclamos administrativos, pero finalmente que el sitio de Exide en Vernon no representa una amenaza inmediata e inminente y que el plan de quiebra propuesto seguirá adelante. Sabemos que esto no es verdad, esto no es sorprendente para muchos de nosotros que hemos sido testigos de que el gobierno local, estatal, y federal continuamente prioriza a las corporaciones sobre el bienestar de nuestras comunidades, nunca será fácil vivir esta VIOLENCIA lenta. Nunca será fácil saber que nuestras familias tienen que seguir con el deterioro de su salud debido al descuido de empresas como Exide y la negligencia del  estado. El Departamento de Justicia de los EE. UU. Afirma que la quiebra está destinada a evitar el abandono del sitio. Ahora, la limpieza del sitio estará bajo la responsabilidad del Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Teniendo en cuenta cómo va la limpieza de la comunidad y sabiendo que DTSC ha permitido este desastre masivo, tenemos poca fe en ellos. Ahora más que nunca es importante seguir construyendo con nuestros vecinos. La lucha no ha terminado, nuestras comunidades siempre se han organizado y seguiremos haciéndolo mientras nuestro gobierno nos siga fallando. ¿Qué hacemos cuando nuestras comunidades están siendo atacadas? ¡LEVANTARTE Y LUCHAR! 💚

Increíble obra de arte de Amber Williams-King

Originally published by Communities for a Better Environment: Source