la-15211603-me-0909-exide1-ac-jpg-20130912A quiet neighborhood nestled near the Los Angeles River known as Boyle Heights is slowly being invaded, ever so slightly, by hazardous lead levels. The residents, standing on the curb of their beautiful tree-lined streets, didn’t see the invasion oncoming, but it’s settling among them, into their soil, silently warping their health. When resident Zoila Meeks was approached in February, state officials asked if they could dig up her yard and test the soil. The test results of the soil were alarming. There, sprawled inside the dirt, tainted and intermixed, were heavy amounts of lead. When word broke out, dozen of the neighborhood residents were rife with fear. Was this the reason why they were sick? Where was the lead coming from? MORE