Supervisor Solis Asks NLSLA to Help Victims of Maywood Fire
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis has asked NLSLA to join her in an effort to help the victims of the June 14 Maywood industrial fire that dispersed toxic chemicals and left hundreds of residents, most of them low-income, unable to return to their homes.
NLSLA advocates are meeting with community members to identify their most pressing legal needs in the aftermath of the fire, which started at a plastics facility and spread to a recycling yard, casting a chemical stench across Los Angeles County. Residents have expressed concerns about damages to their homes, health issues related to the contamination, and problems accessing necessary public benefits.
“This is an environmental justice matter, like we witnessed in Porter Ranch, where failure to protect residents from harm generated by an environmental disaster directly impacts the lives of innocent families,” said NLSLA Deputy Director Yvonne Mariajimenez. “It’s particularly devastating as it primarily affects working poor individuals and families already struggling to survive in very difficult economic conditions.” NLSLA is pleased to work with Supervisor Solis and Speaker Anthony Rendon, who also represents Maywood, to ensure the disaster’s short and long-term impacts on the community are adequately and promptly addressed.