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EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: Two California Senate bills target permitting process for Exide’s Vernon lead smelter

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A $40 million lawsuit and two state bills are the latest additions to the arsenal of weapons being used to force Vernon-based Exide Technologies to clean up its act or be shut down. Numerous violations of state standards for toxic chemical emissions, including lead and arsenic, have placed the acid-battery recycler under heightened scrutiny and […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Air management district sues Exide for exposing tens of thousands of people to cancer-causing chemicals and failing to take timely action to address problems with pollution control systems

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“Exide has had a steady stream of operational problems that have resulted in excess toxic emissions,” said air district executive officer Barry Wallerstein. “These toxic emissions have exposed more than 100,000 residents to an unacceptable cancer risk and for that reason we are seeking to recover a significant penalty from them.” State Sen. Kevin de […]

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EXIDE VERNON: John Perez, speaker of California Assembly – “Exide plant a grim tale of harmful pollution”

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The story of Exide is a decades-long cycle of emissions violations, patchwork responses, and then business as usual. This time it has to be different. This time we have to end the cycle once and for all. Either Exide is regulated sufficiently so it cleans up its act and operates in a way consistent with […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Regulation tightens emission limits for arsenic, other toxins from Exide

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While the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is the agency that is supposed to deal with contaminated soil, DTSC is notoriously ineffective and can’t be relied on to protect the East L.A. community. So that leaves SCAQMD to do the work.  We and Communities For A Better Environment have suggested in our comment letters […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide — once again — exeeds lead limits

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide recycling plant exceeds lead limits again, officials say Amid air quality regulators’ efforts to temporarily shut down the Vernon plant, production is cut due to lead emission violations. Protesters rally at the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon last October. (Christina House, For The Times / October 30, 2013) By Jessica Garrison […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: California State Senate panel to hold hearing Jan. 15 on Department of Toxic Substance Control’s lax oversight of hazardous waste operations such as Exide’s Vernon lead smelter

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A Los Angeles Times investigation published last year found that the agency’s tracking system, required by state law, was so flawed that officials could not account for 174,000 tons of hazardous material shipped for disposal in the last five years. The Times also reported that the agency is often slow to act and ineffectual in […]

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VERNON EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: SCAQMD board hearing tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 10, to propose adoption of Amended Rule 1420.1 to reduce arsenic emissions and other key toxic air contaminant emissions from large lead smelter/lead-acid battery recycling facilities such as Exide’s troubled Vernon facility

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South Coast Air Quality Management Governing Board hearing to propose adoption of Amended Rule 1420.1 – Emission Standards for Lead and Other Toxic Air Contaminants from Large Lead-Acid Battery Facilities on January 10, 2014, originally scheduled for December 6, 2013. Proposed Amended Rule 1420.1 seeks to reduce arsenic emissions and other key toxic air contaminant […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: City of Vernon orders Exide to clean up high levels of hazardous waste found on streets, sidewalks and storm water catch basins, which exceed State levels for lead and arsenic, or face fines, jail

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EGPNEWS.COM Vernon Does About Face, Orders Exide to Clean Up Failure to comply could result in fines or jail time. By EGP Staff Report Following in the footsteps of the state Department of Toxic Substance Control, the city of Vernon has ordered Exide Technologies to clean up high levels of hazardous waste found on streets, […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS – Proposition 65 required warning about Exide lead smelter’s contamination of surrounding area

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Newspaper ad published today with Proposition 65 required warning of the contamination of areas surrounding Exide’s Vernon lead smelter. Please share! Also on Lead Free Frisco facebook page.  

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TIME TO STATE THE OBVIOUS: Exide’s and others’ ongoing toxic contamination of communities across the U.S. without significant consquences is due to total systemic failure of municipal, state, regional and federal agencies to meet their responsibilities to protect people and the environment. This LA Times special report documents failure at the state level…

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…Connect the special investigative report by The Los Angeles Times below with the great investigative work done by respected media organizations like USA Today and NPR and The Center for Public Integrity and Bill Moyers & Company, as well as the ongoing, ground-breaking research work being done by globally respected scientists such as Dr. Howard […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC issues Exide urgent emergency cleanup order because of at or near hazardous levels of toxic metals concentrations found in soil and dust samples; Concerns about rains washing toxins into Los Angeles River set Jan. 31 as deadline cleanup must be completed

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“DTSC considers the elevated concentrations of lead and other contaminants … an immediate threat to human health and the environment (i.e. the Los Angeles River),” regulators wrote to Exide, one of the world’s largest battery recyclers. Agency officials also noted in a separate memo earlier this month that “lead…and arsenic was detected in several locations […]

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EXIDE VERNON MEDIA ROUND-UP – Residents urge closure of Exide lead smelter during first SCAQMD hearing

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Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey), who represents many of the affected areas, called the company “one of the worst environmental polluters of lead and arsenic in California.” “Without board action … hundreds of thousands of local residents and their children will continue to be at risk of silently being poisoned by dangerous emissions,” she said. Natural […]

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EXDIE VERNON BREAKING NEWS – Area residents urged to testify this Saturday, Dec. 14 at hearing on SCAQMD petition to shut down Exide lead smelter

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For more information contact the Clerk of the Board at (909) 396-2500 or email clerkofboard@aqmd.gov. Public Hearing on Exide at CSULA  When: Saturday, Dec. 14th, 9am-4pm Where: Cal State Los Angeles Golden EagleBuilding, Third Floor 5151 State University Dr.  Los Angeles 90032 Parking: Free parking in Lot C Shuttle: Hollenbeck Middle School—2510 East Sixth St […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Vernon City Council supports proposed new AQMD rule that would set stricter lead emission standards for large lead smelters like Exide, as well as establish arsenic emission standards for the first time. Exide Update page added to City’s website

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 In his letter to the AQMD, McCormick said he wants to “ensure that everything possible is being done by [AQMD] to protect the health and safety of our residents.” PAR 1420.1 would implement stricter air emission standards for large lead-acid battery recycling facilities. Currently, Exide Technologies in Vernon and Quemetco Inc. in the City of […]

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EXIDE BATON ROUGE BREAKING NEWS: Demolition of Baton Rouge Exide lead smelter finally begins with elected officials and environmental groups concerned about problems at other Exide facilities, particularly Frisco

Citing problems at other Exide facilities particularly in Frisco, Texas, environmental groups and politicians have urged the state Department of Environmental Quality to make sure that as the Exide Technologies Baton Rouge Recycling Center in north Baton Rouge is shut down, that it is done correctly and that the state looks for signs of contamination. […]

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IMPACT ON PROPERTY VALUES UPDATE: Ever wonder why Realtors don’t seem to care as much about years of lead deposited in soil in neighborhoods, schoolyards, parks, creeks as they do about lead in paint? Ask them!

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CHECK OUT THE UPDATED IMPACT ON PROPERTY VALUES PAGE

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: Exide proposes more tests to determine extent of contamination on Frisco property

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The latest proposal from Exide Technologies includes testing areas of Stewart Creek that are located downstream from its Frisco plant for contamination. (Courtesy of Southwest Geoscience) NEIGHBORS GO FRISCO Exide proposes more tests to determine extent of contamination on Frisco property By Valerie Wigglesworth vwigglesworth@dallasnews.com 6:03 pm on October 30, 2013 Exide Technologies is tentatively […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: Citizens group wants Frisco to remove all toxic waste from Exide lead smelter site; Frisco consultant says moving hazardous waste in soil to another location not preferred by City, unless its containment efforts don’t work

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Exide must also take steps related to a recent TCEQ notice of enforcement that found the company mishandled and improperly treated hazardous waste at the Frisco plant since 1998. Hazardous waste was first discovered in Exide’s landfill several years ago. The landfill is not permitted to contain hazardous waste. The main contaminants of concern are […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE – SCAQMD: “Exide #1 on all-time list of toxic polluters”

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“The agency (South Coast AQMD) has not dealt with the stationary source of air pollution that has presented a risk as high as Exide’s. Exide is No. 1 on the list – on the all-time list – of toxic polluters.” Kurt Weise, General Counsel, South Coast Air Quality Management District CBS LOS ANGELES Embattled Battery […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Deadline extended to Jan. 31, 2014 to submit Exide Personal Claim Forms

  BOYLE HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL Exide Technologies Personal Claim Form Submission Deadline EXTENDED to January 31, 2014 EXIDE BANKRUPTCY COURT EXTENDS PERSONAL INURY FILING DEADLINE The District of Delaware, U.S. Bankruptcy Court today extended the deadline by 90 days whereby local residents who may have been damaged by the Exide Technologies battery plant in the […]

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