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EXIDE FRISCO: Exide sues Frisco over delays in cleanup of land contaminated by its lead smelter; City denies wrongdoing

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DALLAS MORNINGS NEWS Exide sues Frisco over delays in cleanup of contaminated land; city denies wrongdoing Written by Valerie Wigglesworth FRISCO — Nearly five years after shuttering its plant here that emitted too much lead, Exide Technologies has sued the city, claiming that its actions are thwarting the company’s cleanup efforts. The suit contradicts Frisco’s claims over […]

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VERNON- IMPORTANT COMMUNITY MEETING NOTICE FOR THURSDAY, JULY 27: RELEASE OF FINAL CLEANUP PLAN AND FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR THE CLEANUP OF RESIDENTIAL AND OTHER SENSITIVE LAND USE PROPERTIES IN COMMUNITIES SURROUNDING EXIDE LEAD SMELTER

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PUBLIC MEETING Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Maywood Christian School 3759 E. 57th St Maywood, CA 90270 Please join the Department of Toxic Substances Control in this public meeting, tomorrow evening, Thursday, July 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Maywood Christian School in Maywood. This meeting in in relation to […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Residents in ‘limbo’ as regulators delay cleaning any lead-tainted homes near Exide smelter

Exide East LA Residents Demand Cleanup

Adding to residents’ anxiety are new records from the toxic substances department that indicate hundreds of homes with high lead contamination levels might not be cleaned after the state spends $176.6 million set aside by lawmakers for soil testing and remediation of properties near the plant. That pot of money will allow the state to remove lead from about 2,500 […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Regulators want to clean about 50 lead-tainted homes a week in Vernon

Exide Vernon lead cleanup

The executive summary of the environmental impact report is here. The nearly 1,200-page report is published in two sections; volume one is here, and volume two is here. 89.3 KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Regulators want to clean about 50 lead-tainted homes a week in Vernon Exide agreed to shut down in 2015 to […]

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EXIDE VERNON: State testing more schools, parks and day-care centers for lead danger from Exide’s closed smelter

Exide Lead Testing California

Soil sampling records show the vast majority of homes tested so far near Exide have lead levels above the state standard of 80 parts per million. Many properties exceed the federal standard of 400 ppm considered hazardous in bare soil where children play. And some have readings well above the hazardous waste level of 1,000 ppm. […]

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QUEMETCO/RSR CORP BREAKING NEWS: Quemetco lead smelter ordered to repair hole, gaps in hazardous waste storage

Quemetco hazardous waste storage violations

“…The latest order comes after the DTSC issued seven “non-minor violations” this month against the lead-acid battery recycler, mostly centering on hazardous waste storage. The order is part of the department “elevating its enforcement actions against Quemetco,” according to a statement released Tuesday by the agency, a branch of the California Environmental Protection Agency… …State […]

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QUEMETCO/RSR CORP UPDATE: Soil testing near Quemetco lead smelter shows hazardous levels of lead nearby

Quemetco Lead Contamination

SAN GRABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE Soil testing near City of Industry battery recycling plant shows hazardous levels nearby Allen Waldman, a geologist for WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, contracted by the Department of Toxic Substance Control, collects soil to test for signs of arsenic and lead in the front yard of a home near the battery recycling Quemetco […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC claims its environmental review will delay expanded cleanup of lead from homes near Exide lead smelter for about a year

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Before you read the story below, read what is supposed to be the purpose and mission of the California Department of Toxic Substances, which can be found in the graphic below and on its website. (And why are there so many vacancies in the leadership team at the agency?) Then, ask yourself, what is wrong between this declaration of […]

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EXIDE FRISCO – Frisco City Council to hold public hearing at 2 p.m. June 2 regarding TCEQ request to EPA to remove Nonattainment Area for Lead designation from 1.28 mile area surrounding Exide lead smelter; Public comments accepted by TCEQ through June 3

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With April 27, 2016, vote, the request to the EPA and proposed maintenance plan move forward. EPA officials will have the final say on removing the nonattainment area. Public comments will be accepted by the state through June 3. A public hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 2 in the council chambers at Frisco […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Scant accountability for decades among public officials (from municipal, regional, state to federal level) for Exide lead contamination of at least 10,000 homes near smelter

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LOS ANGELES TIMES For public officials, accountability for Exide lead contamination has been scant California regulators allowed the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon to operate for decades without a full permit. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) BY Tony Barboza California officials have talked tough about the contamination of up to 10,000 homes with […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Los Angeles area residents affected by contamination from Exide lead smelter say slow cleanup adds insult to injury; Residents wary of DTSC which they believe dropped the ball on regulating Exide with existing laws to protect residents from decades of lead, arsenic and benzine contamination

Exide Slow Cleanup

FREE SPEECH RADIO NETWORK LA residents affected by pollution from shuttered battery plant say slow cleanup adds insult to injury MAY 24, 2016 Protesters call Exide Technologies serial polluters. (Photo credit: Larry Buhl)  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO Attorneys with the NAACP filed a federal class action lawsuit last week on behalf of residents […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: U.S. Bankruptcy judge approves agreement to allow Exide and South Coast Air Quality Management District to enter into mediation over $80 million lawsuit; In lawsuit, SQAQMD claims Exide failed to comply with rules for lead and arsenic emissions from its Vernon lead smelter

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REUTERS Exide and California regulator head into mediation over lawsuit  Fri May 20, 2016 7:06am EDT BY JIM CHRISTIE A bankruptcy judge has approved an agreement between Exide Technologies and a California pollution regulator to enter into mediation to try to resolve the regulator’s $80 million lawsuit against the maker of lead-acid batteries. The South Coast […]

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QUEMETCO / CITY OF INDUSTRY MEDIA ROUNDUP – South Coast Air Quality Management District orders RSR Corp.-owned Quemetco lead smelter officials to notify 12,000 residents near its City of Industry facility (residents in Avocado Heights, City of Industry, La Puente and Hacienda Heights) about increased risk of cancer because of smelter’s arsenic emissions; SQAQMD report shows smelter poses cancer burden of 0.66 excess cancer cases, and it must reduce burden to 0.5 or less

RSR Quemetco Lead Smelter City of Industry

The Quemetco lead smelter is owned by RSR Corporation, which is a Dallas, TX-based, privately held secondary lead smelting company that operates lead acid battery recycling facilities in California, Indiana, and New York . “…Based on its 2014 emissions, Quemetco’s HRA showed that it posed a cancer burden of 0.66 excess cancer cases primarily due to […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: NEWSWEEK: In Southeast Los Angeles, your front yard might be a toxic waste site

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“They pollute and leave,” says Monsignor John Moretta, of Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights who has been one of the central organizers in the fight against Exide. Moretta has few illusions about his neighborhood, whose residential streets taper off into tracts of warehouses and factories: “the armpit of L.A.,” he lovingly calls it. A large […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Former Exide worker dies of cancer he feared came about from working at plant; In Memory of Salvador Andrade

Salvador Andrade

CBS LOS ANGELES Former Exide Worker Dies Of Cancer He Feared Came About From Working At Plant March 29, 2016 6:14 PM LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Salvador Andrade always believed in the value of a hard day’s work. But Andrade also worried that his years of labor at the Exide battery-recycling plant in Vernon took a massive toll on his health. […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Exide and Quemetco: Comparing the clean up of Los Angeles’ lead smelters

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Natural Resources Defense Council Exide and Quemetco: Comparing the Clean Up of L.A.’s Lead Battery Plants Posted January 12, 2016 The following guest post was written by attorney, Caroline Reiser, who is currently working at NRDC’s Santa Monica office for the Southern California Air Program. Located within 20 miles of each other, Exide Technologies of […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Community activists honored for role in Exide cleanup effort

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NBC LOS ANGELES Community Activists Honored for Role in Exide Cleanup Effort By  Jessica Perez A host of elected officials gathered in Boyle Heights to pay tribute to residents and community activists who pushed for a more extensive investigation and cleanup effort in neighborhoods impacted by the now-shuttered Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon. Gordon Tokumatsu […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Almost a year after Exide was shut down, its toxic plant, neighbors are trapped in an environmental nightmare

Exide Vernon

LOS ANGELES TIMES Almost a year after Exide shut down its toxic plant, neighbors are trapped in an environmental nightmare Amelia Vallejo talks to L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis about the lead contamination in her yard. Steve Lopez Warmer days are coming soon to the working-class communities east and southeast of downtown Los Angeles, but […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Exide, Porter Ranch: A Double Standard

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EGPNEWS.COM Exide, Porter Ranch: A Double Standard Activists say working class Latinos exposed to chemicals also deserve governor’s attention. By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer The complaints of headaches, bloody noses and asthma by Porter Ranch residents sound all to familiar to eastside activists who’ve spent years fighting their own large scale local environmental health […]

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EXIDE VERNON: How Exide contaminated Los Angeles-area homes for decades

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THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Story So Far How a battery recycler contaminated L.A.-area homes for decades CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO Unsettled: Exide | Video by Bethany Mollenkof and Spencer Bakalar. Tony Barboza Residents of southeast L.A. County rejoiced this year at news that a battery recycling plant that had long emitted lead, arsenic and other […]

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