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EXIDE VERNON SHUTDOWN UPATE: Exide — and all of the impacted neighborhoods/communities — face a long, costly cleanup of closed Vernon lead smelter

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DTSC spokeswoman Tamma Adamek said the agency will ‘hold Exide responsible for paying to clean up all areas that contain Exide’s contamination if additional information demonstrates the need.’ What if Exide does not comply? Exide could be prosecuted. Under the deal with the U.S. attorney’s office, the company admitted to two decades of criminal conduct […]

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EXIDE VERNON – California Gov. Jerry Brown’s environmental messages conflict with lax oversight of Exide – the state’s No. 1 toxic polluter – and veto of efforts to strengthen oversight of regulatory agencies charged to protect public health and environment

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THE SACRAMENTO BEE While promoting climate policies in Washington, Jerry Brown weathers fire at home BY DAVID SIDERS [email protected] Gov. Jerry Brown made national headlines in D.C. last week while his environmental stewardship was criticized back home. SUSAN WALSH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS One reason Gov. Jerry Brown flew to Washington last week was to promote California’s environmental […]

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VERNON EXIDE EDITORIAL: Exide to close, Now What? – Especially given decades of no or little oversight, enforcement from federal agencies, California Governor’s office to state and regional regulatory agencies

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EGPNEWS.COM Exide to Close, Now What? By EGP Editorial The U.S. Attorney’s announcement March 12 that it has reached an agreement with Exide Technologies to close its Vernon plant is certainly good news given the facility’s troubling history of toxic chemical emission and hazardous waste violations. The acid-lead battery recycler has been operating for nearly […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: City of Frisco objects to serial polluter Exide’s vague bankruptcy reorganization plan because of concerns Exide officials have not ensured that enough money will be allocated to properly cleanup contaminated lead smelter facility, Stewart Creek, surrounding property

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CLICK HERE TO READ OBJECTION CITY OF FRISCO FILED ON MARCH 17 CLICK HERE TO READ OBJECTION CITY OF FRISCO FILED WITH BANKRUPTCY COURT IN JANUARY Below is an excerpt from the March 17 filing: For decades, Exide operated a lead recycling plant in Frisco,Texas. Several years ago, Exide shut down its operations there and sought to […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Blood testing for Exide Vernon neighbors extended for at least 5 years

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A blood test can be requested by calling Los Angeles county at (844) 888-2290.  89.3 KPCC – Southern California Public Radio Blood testing for Exide neighbors extended for at least 5 years Adrian Florido March 17, 07:13 PM A deal struck to force the closure of Exide Technologies’ battery recycling plant in Vernon includes money […]

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EXIDE MUNCIE BREAKING NEWS: Exide agrees to settle lawsuit brought by U.S. and State of Indiana alleging violations of the Clean Air Act at Muncie smelter; Exide agrees to spend $3.9 million to install new pollution control equipment and to pay civil penalty of $820,000

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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  NEWS RELEASE U.S. and Indiana Settle Clean Air Act Case with Exide’s Muncie Smelter to Reduce Lead Emissions Release Date: 03/16/2015 Contact Information: Phillippa Cannon, 312-353-6218, [email protected] (media only) Chicago (March 16, 2015) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Exide Technologies has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought […]

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EXIDE VERNON SHUTDOWN UPDATE: Exide’s troubled history: Years of pollution, but few penalties

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CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide’s troubled history: years of pollution violations but few penalties By TONY BARBOZA MARCH 14, 2015 For decades, inspectors from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control dutifully recorded a long list of environmental infractions at the Vernon battery recycling facility now owned by Exide Technologies. They described […]

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EXIDE VERNON SHUTDOWN UPDATE: Lead and arsenic removal from Vernon smelter site will take years; How to clean it up?

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89.3 KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Exide Closure: Lead and arsenic removal from Vernon plant will take years Jed Kim March 13 2015 PHOTO BY C /CHARLENE VIA FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS AUDIO FROM THIS STORY – 1:02 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Those excited by the agreed-upon permanent closure of the Exide battery recycling […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: More stories about Exide admitting criminal conduct regarding operations at its Vernon lead smelter and the permanent shut down and cleanup of the violation-ridden plant to avoid criminal prosecution

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Over the last year, federal authorities built what appeared to be a strong criminal case against Exide Technologies, the Vernon battery recycler that has long faced scrutiny for spewing lead and arsenic into neighborhoods in southeast Los Angeles County. Investigators found environmental crimes spanning two decades and documented the transgressions in hundreds of pages. Among […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: LA TIMES EDITORIAL — How was Exide allowed to pollute for so long and endanger so many people? (This question needs to be asked and applied to Exide-impacted communities across the U.S./world)

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LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL How was Exide allowed to pollute for so long and endanger so many people? Exide Technologies will immediately begin shutting down its embattled battery recycling plant in Vernon after reaching an agreement that allows the company to avoid facing criminal prosecution for decades of pollution. (Los Angeles Times) By THE TIMES EDITORIAL […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Community Press Conference TONIGHT to celebrate permanent closing of Exide’s Vernon lead smelter and to discuss the work ahead to be done to ensure Exide and the DTSC do a COMPLETE, THOROUGH AND TIMELY cleanup, not like what Exide has done/not done in communities across the U.S.

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TONIGHT – 7pm at 1271 S. Indiana St., Los Angeles, CA 90023 East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice EXIDE TO SHUT DOWN PERMANENTLY!!! The fight continues… Join us tonight for a Community Press Conference in East LA at the center of what has been described as the most impacted neighborhood. We will be celebrating, but […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUNDUP: FINALLY! — After decades of toxic pollution and contamination, Exide to permanently close violation-ridden Vernon lead smelter to avoid criminal charges in deal reached with U.S. Attorney

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“The reign of toxic lead ends today,” acting U.S. Atty. Stephanie Yonekura said Thursday. “After more than nine decades of ongoing lead contamination in the city of Vernon, neighborhoods can now start to breathe easier.” Under a deal between federal officials and the company, Exide acknowledges criminal conduct, including the illegal storage and transportation of hazardous […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS; Yes, Exide is breaking the law again and again and again and again; EPA finds 4 new violations of Clean Air Act, comes after 8 different violations found in January and ongoing investigation by EPA’s criminal division

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE EPA’S (REGION 9) MARCH 5 NOTICE OF 4 VIOLATIONS AGAINST EXIDE’S VERNON LEAD SMELTER

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Document offers closer look at agreement reached between Exide, State regulators

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CBS LOS ANGELES Document Offers Closer Look At Agreement Reached Between Exide, State Regulators BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — Lead-contaminated soil continues to be removed from the yards of homes near a battery-recycling facility in the wake of an agreement between state regulators and Exide Technologies. As part of the agreement, Exide has pledged $48 million to clean up […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Vernon-area residents accuse DTSC of Environmental Racism because of agency’s ongoing, knowing failure to permit Exide lead smelter, its ongoing failure to fulfill its responsibility to oversee and enforce long-time-on-the-books regulations to protect neighborhoods and health, and failure to keep Exide from continuously violating hazardous waste laws and more (just check out recent postings below)

Exide Protests

EGPNEWS.COM DTSC Accused of ‘Environmental Racism’ By EGP Staff Report Hundreds of people took to the streets of Vernon last week to call for the closure of Exide Techonologoes, an embattled lead-acid battery recycler in the city. “Stand by our side, shut down Exide,” chanted residents and environmental activists from Boyle Heights, Maywood and Huntington […]

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EXIDE’S NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OTHER COMMUNITIES: Exide SuperFund-designated plant in Greer, SC, finally being demolished 20 years after lead smelter was closed

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The EPA designated this site a SuperFund site — SCD042633859 — but it was not originally placed on the the National Priorities List. In a November 21, 2014, filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Exide was listed as owner of this property, and stated that it is an unencumbered asset. GREERTODAY.COM Former Exide battery plant […]

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EXIDE FINANCIAL UPDATE: Exide’s red ink adding up in bankruptcy

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DOW JONES & COMPANY Exide’s Red Ink Adding Up in Bankruptcy — Market Talk 15:57 EST – Battery-maker Exide Technologies (XIDEQ) lost $24.1M in December, bringing its total losses since filing for bankruptcy in June 2013 to more than $380M. But with the announcement this week of a deal with unsecured creditors, Exide could soon […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Blood lead testing extended for residents near Exide’s Vernon lead smelter

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EGPNEWS.COM Lead Blood Testing Extended for Residents Near Exide Only 500 people have been tested so far. By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer Since hearing that elevated levels of lead were found in soil at Salazar Park in unincorporated East Los Angeles, Reina Rodriguez says she rarely takes her 4-year old son there to play. […]

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EXIDE BANKRUPTCY UPDATE: Exide gets nod for Chapter 11 reorganization plan disclosure

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LAW 360 Exide Gets Nod For Ch. 11 Reorganization Plan Disclosure By Jamie Santo Law360, Wilmington (February 04, 2015, 7:50 PM ET) — A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday gave Exide Technologies Inc. the green light to solicit votes for a restructuring plan that would trim roughly $600 million in debt and blessed a slate of motions […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUNDUP: DTSC issues Exide 8 hazardous waste violations after site inspections of lead smelter during past seven weeks

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE DTSC SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS AGAINST EXIDE But it probably stems from Exide’s long history of environmental negligence, having contributed “through deposition, approximately 424 lbs. of lead in both 2004 and 2005 and 712 lbs. of lead in 2006 to the watershed,” and the current charge that Exide had “failed to minimize the […]

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