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A protestor wears a face mask during a rally outside of Exide Technologies in Vernon in August 2013. More than a year later, the company has agreed to shut down the facility. Christina House/For the Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

State regulators conducted a site visit of the Exide plant in April 2014. Above, the facility's reverb furnace feedstock room. It's not clear whether this image is documenting a violation. California Department of Toxic Substances Control

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Department of Toxic Substances C / Department of Toxic Substances C

State regulators took a photo of the plant's Reaction Tank 1, which circulates waste, on a March 2014 site visit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: California Department of Toxic Substances Control

After an October 2013 inspection by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, regulators wrote that "Water which leaked from the 40-foot trailers appeared to puddle over a period of time." California Department of Toxic Substances Control

PHOTOGRAPH BY: California Department of Toxic Substances Control

PHOTOGRAPH BY: California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Protestors in October 2013 demand the immediate shutdown of the Exide battery recycler. A Times review found that state regulators knew the plant was spewing hazardous chemicals into the air but only recently began taking steps to stop it. Christina House / For the Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

Jonathan Sanabria, 25, of Huntington Park lies in the street during an October 2013 rally against Exide, which will not face criminal prosecution under the deal.batteries. Christina House / For The Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

Protestors wear face masks during a rally in Vernon in August 2013. California regulators allowed the plant to operate for 33 years with only a temporary permit. Christina House / For The TImes

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

In April 2014, Alicia Rivera, left, Maya Herrera and Carmen Garcia chant as they call for statewide action to address the levels of lead and arsenic affecting communities in southeast L.A. County around the Exide plant. Al Seib / Los Angeles TImes

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Carlos Montes rallies in April 2014. Recent testing has shown that decades of pollution at the Vernon plant have left it so heavily contaminated that it will take years and tens of millions of dollars to clean up its site and surrounding areas and homes. Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times

Yolanda Santoyo speaks during a community meeting in March 2014 on the lead-testing results of the areas surrounding the Exide plant. Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Angel Rolon, 11, right front, shoots past his brother Gabriel, 13, as their brother Estevan, 22, right, and family friend Luis Hernandez stand nearby. The Rolons live in an area of Boyle Heights affected by the plant's emissions. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Adrian Rolon, 11, looks out from the front gate of his Boyle Heights home. So far, soil tested at all but three of more than 100 homes in Maywood and Boyle Heights have shown lead levels above allowable limits. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Boyle Heights resident Terry Gonzalez-Cano, with her son Edward Cano, 10, believes emissions from the Exide plant have sickened her and other family members. Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

JJoe Gonzalez, with his oncologist, believes his rare melanoma was caused by exposure to air pollution from the Exide battery plant in Vernon. Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Workers remove topsoil from homes on the 1200 block of S. Indiana Street in Boyle Heights that may have been contaminated by the Exide plant. Testing since 2013 has found elevated levels of lead in the soil of more than 100 homes. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Stephanie Yonekura, acting U.S. attorney, announces on March 12 an agreement that will lead to the permanent closure of the Exide plant in Vernon. Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Jose Loera and his daughter Fatima, 1, join a backyard party in L.A. as community members and activists celebrate the closure of the Exide plant. Company officials admitted to felony hazardous-waste violations but will not face criminal charges. Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Community members gather in a downtown L.A. home to celebrate the Exide agreement. Residents want the company to follow through on the cleanup of lead in their neighborhoods and homes. Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

People gather at Resurrection Catholic Church in L.A. to organize against Exide Technologies in September 2013. News of the plant's closure has renewed calls from advocacy groups and lawmakers for overhauling California's toxic substances department. Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

"Exide expects to be able to meet its closure and cleanup obligations" and "continue to honor its environmental obligations at is other facilities," a company statement released March 12 says. Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

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