Soil Scientist Says Lead From Battery Site Didn't Travel Far

By Gina Kim (May 13, 2022, 9:00 PM EDT) -- A soil scientist hired by defendant metal companies and battery manufacturers to testify in a $136 million Superfund cleanup trial said Friday he believed not all the lead that was released from the now-defunct Vernon Plant battery recycling facility traveled beyond the industrial zone and onto residential properties.

But under cross-examination from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control's counsel Thomas M. Sims of Nidel & Nace, defense expert witness Walter J. Shields acknowledged he doesn't know exactly how much of that lead traveled beyond the industrial zone. Shields also conceded that, based on physics, it is possible very fine particles...

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