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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS/MEDIA ROUNDUP: EPA finds Exide source of harmful lead and finally issues company Notice of Violation for releasing illegal amounts of lead into the air, exceeding federal Clean Air Act standards for lead emissions on more than 30 occasions

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“By releasing an illegal amount of lead into the air, Exide has put the health and well being of nearby residents at risk,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “EPA and the South Coast Air Quality Management District are working closely to ensure the company comes into compliance with state and […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide still spewing excess lead emissions despite state ordered production cuts

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide records excess lead emissions, despite cutbacks BY JESSICA GARRISON AND KIM CHRISTENSEN October 2, 2013, 10:40 p.m. Even after being forced to cut production last month because of high lead emissions, a Vernon battery recycler has continued to violate limits on releases of the potent neurotoxin, regulators said Wednesday. A monitor […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide ordered to cut production after lead emissions exceed standards

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SOUTH COAST AIR MANAGEMENT QUALITY DISTRICT NOTICE OF VIOLATION TO EXIDE Important Update: Lead Monitoring Adjacent to Exide On Monday September 9, 2013, a monitor at the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon exceeded the ambient air lead concentration of 0.15 ug/m3 averaged over a 30-day period.  As a result, the SCAQMD is issuing a Notice […]

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MUST WATCH: LEAD WARS: The Politics of Science and The Fate of America’s Children

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On the May 17 episode of Moyers & Company (PBS),  Bill Moyers interviewed David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, public health historians and authors of the book, Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children. For years, Rosner and Markowitz have been taking on the chemical industry, writing about the hazards of […]

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EXIDE FRISCO NEWS: Frisco citizens group joins city’s own expert critical of Exide’s plan to clean up lead smelter site

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: The stories below  refer to information from a declaration William Wheatley (expert with environmental engineering consulting firm Cook-Joyce hired by Frisco)  filed in July with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware in support of the joinder the City of Frisco filed in support of the TCEQ’s motion to object to court approval of […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: LA County Supervisors join debate about whether Exide plant should continue to operate; directs lawyers to prepare report identifying all available legal, administrative options to prevent toxic emissions from plant; South Coast AQMD orders Exide to report on ways to reduce toxic risk by Sept. 1

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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL EXIDE VERNON FACTS -UPDATED   A report by Exide to the AQMD calculated a maximum individual cancer risk of 156 in a million for those working near the facility, which is located in a largely industrial area. That risk is far above the agency’s public threshold of 10 in […]

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BREAKING NEWS: CONSUMER WATCHDOG REPORT – New documents reveal California’s top toxics regulator knew of Exide safety risks for years

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From Consumer Watchdog’s “About” page:  “Consumer Watchdog is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics. We deploy an in-house team of public interest lawyers, policy experts, strategists, and grassroots activists to expose, confront, and change corporate and […]

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EXIDE’S NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OTHER COMMUNITIES UPDATE: LOS ANGELES TIMES – Seven Exide plants across the U.S. have been linked to health-risk levels of airborne lead

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(Lead Free Frisco started its Exide’s Negative Impact on Other Communities page in 2011 to track stories about how Exide’s lead smelters are impacting communities across the United States. Below is the Los Angeles Times’ May 29, 2013, story based on a review of EPA and local and state government data showing that since 2012, […]

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BREAKING NEWS: LA City Council votes unanimously to back investigation into why Exide’s Vernon lead smelter cited for arsenic pollution has been allowed to operate with temporary permit for more than 30 years; asks city attorney to lay out plans for possible legal action against Exide or to compel state to protect public from potentially dangerous levels of lead and arsenic

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(See stories below from the Los Angeles Times, CBS Los Angeles and EPG & City News Service, as well as links to information about the Exide Vernon lead smelter and its levels of toxicity provided by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and to updates on the suspension of Exide’s Vernon plant, provided by […]

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UPDATES to Frisco news, Exide’s Negative Impact on Other Communities Page

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To get a better picture of how Exide operations are impacting other communities across the United States, check out the “Exide’s Negative Impact on Other Communities” page. Since the end of 2012 to now, there have been updates regarding Exide’s operations/impact in Reading, PA, Southport/Fairfield,, CT and the Mill River, Muncie, IN and of course, […]

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THE DANGERS OF LEAD: Interview Series: Top expert Dr. Howard Mielke discusses the real danger of lead in soil

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“We have air pollution laws and water pollution laws but we don’t have any soil pollution laws,” Dr. Howard Mielke   Here is Part 1 of the three-part interview series with Dr. Howard Mielke about the true danger of lead in soil: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio/2012/11/20/close-up-talk-radio-spotlights-dr-howard-mielke   Part 2 of three-part series here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio/2012/11/27/part-2-close-up-talk-radio-spotlights-dr-howard-mielke   Here is the […]

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NEWS UPDATE / MEDIA ROUND-UP – California suspends operations at Exide’s Venon, CA plant because it “poses an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment”

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 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ORDER TO SUSPEND EXIDE VERNON’S OPERATIONS STATEMENT TO READ FULL STATMENT, CLICK HERE  CBS LOS ANGELES Vernon Facility Shut Down Over Lead, Arsenic Emissions VERNON (CBSLA.com) —The state issued an emergency order forcing a recycling plant in Vernon to shut down after tests show it may have poisoned groundwater and […]

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Exide’s Vernon, CA, plant poses danger, told to reduce emissions

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0324-exide-air-20130324,0,2002688.story  A battery recycling plant in Vernon is being told to reduce its emissions after recent tests showed it is posing a danger to as many as 110,000 people living in an area that extends from Boyle Heights to Maywood and Huntington Park. The South Coast Air Quality Management District announced late Friday that Exide Technologies, […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Report – Children exposed to lead or mercury 3 to 5 times more likely to have ADHD symptoms

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Children exposed to higher levels of mercury or lead are three to five times more likely to be identified by teachers as having problems associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, according to a scientific study published today. The study, of Inuit children living in Arctic Canada, is the first to find a high rate of […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Exide Frisco lead smelter exceeds limits for concentration of lead in emissions five out of past six months

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According to certified monitoring data provide by the TCEQ and the EPA, the Exide lead smelter has exceeded federal standards for lead emissions five out of the past six months. The maximum legal limit is .15 micrograms per cubic meter. Below are the mnthly monitored lead concentration emission levels (average from four monitors around the […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Exide Frisco lead smelter exceeds lead emission standards for fourth month in a row / TCEQ rubber stamps attainment plan for Exide lead smelter; Report finds flaws in calculations used and questions raised about legality and appropriateness of how TCEQ has avoided public input, comment and lack of action on Texas Public Information Act request

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Below are comments from a letter submitted by James Schnurr – representing James Mallet, who has family in Frisco – during the public comment period of the TCEQ meeting today where the agency approved the plans the agency and Exide crafted to bring the Exide Frisco lead smelter into compliance with federal standards for lead […]

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No Safe Blood Lead Level for Children…

READ THIS AND THEN READ THE FULL STORY AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A PARENT.  

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BREAKING NEWS: NO SAFE BLOOD LEAD LEVEL FOR CHILDREN FOUND, CDC director testifies to Senate hearing on continued comtaminaton from old lead smelter sites

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“No safe blood lead level for children has been identified,” Christopher Portier, director of the CDC‘s environmental health center, testified. Generations of children are growing up playing in the shadow of these lead smelting plants,” said U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. “Throughout the nation, the USA TODAY report shows lead contamination has had a devastating […]

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TCEQ / EPA UPDATE: 3 In A Row – Exide smelter still exceeding lead emission standards; Penalty being negotiated in EPA Formal Administrative Order for illegal discharges of pollutants into storm water

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For the third month in a row, TCEQ monitoring data shows that lead emissions from the Frisco lead smelter exceeded federal safety standards. May’s monitoring report showed .20 micrograms per cubic meter. The monitoring report for March was .19, and for April, it was .22 micrograms per cubic meter. The maximum legal limit is .15 […]

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BREAKING NEWS: TCEQ monitoring reports – Exide lead emissions still higher than law requires / What is City waiting on?

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In its latest update to its monitoring of Exide’s lead emissions, the TCEQ reports that the Frisco lead smelter failed to meet legal limits for lead emissions two months in a row. The three-month rolling average for March was .19, and for April, it was .22 mircograms. The maximum legal limit is .15 micrograms. Historically, […]

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