March 13, 2015 – Professor Sean Hecht, during interviews on KPCC-FM's "Take Two" and KCRW-FM's "Which Way, L.A.," examines the closure of Exide Technologies' battery plant near downtown L.A. and explores its potential environmental consequences.
Listen to the KPCC interview.
Listen to the KCRW interview.
He also discussed the topic in a Los Angeles Times article.
Sean Hecht, an environmental law professor at UCLA, said it takes large penalties and strong enforcement to force companies like Exide to fix pollution and waste violations.
"In this case, neither one happened: The penalties weren't high enough to make a difference and DTSC never pushed the company hard enough to make sure fundamental problems were fixed," said Hecht, who eight years ago raised concerns about the facility's history to the department.