Living in industry’s shadow: After years of illnesses, family looks for answers
The Martin family lives 10 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, in a neat yellow house in a city called Maywood.
Starting a few blocks from their home, nearly 2,000 factories churn out Southern California’s hot dogs, pesticides, patio furniture and other products. Trucks rumble off the I-710 freeway into sprawling freight rail yards. Odors of rotting animal carcasses waft through the family’s windows on hot summer nights.
The Martins also have endured years of illness.
The USC Annenberg Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism and California Watch commissioned tests to measure the family’s exposure levels to dangerous metals and industrial byproducts.