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EDITORIAL- LOS ANGELES TIMES: Needed: A Department of Toxic Substances Control worthy of its name

The Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon has been accused of endangering more than 100,000 people with its arsenic emissions and is being investigated as the source of lead contamination in nearby backyards. (Los Angeles Times) By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD  What good is a Department of Toxic Substances Control that doesn’t control toxic substances? The […]

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EXIDE NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OTHER COMMUNITIES BREAKING NEWS: Missouri Department of Natural Resources cites Exide’s Forest City smelter in violation of federal laws for lead emissions from March through December 2013; Indiana Department of Environmental Management cites Exide lead smelter in Muncie for neglecting its contingency plan for emergencies such as fire, explosions and spills

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES Exide’s Forest City , MO, smelter On June 26, 2o14, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources released its Air Quality Analysis for Lead which showed Exide’s Forest City lead smelter repeatedly exceeding federal law for lead emissions from March, 2013 through December, 2013. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REPORT – […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Residents don’t trust Exide to live up to deal

EGPNEWS.COM Residents Don’t Trust Exide to Live Up to Deal By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer A decision by state air quality regulators that could allow a controversial acid-lead battery recycling plant in Vernon to reopen by the end of the year is being met with anger by people living near the facility. At a […]

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EXIDE VERNON NEWS – With conditions, Exide smelter may be allowed to reopen and try to prove it can operate without putting nearby residents at risk again

STORY COMPILED FROM THE LOS ANGELES TIMES & RECYCLING TODAY Recycler Is Allowed to Reopen, With Conditions – Los Angeles Times Agreement May Allow Exide to Reopen California Smelter – Recycling Today By TONY BARBOZA, Los Angeles Times and Recycling Today staff July 11 and July 12, 2014 Exide Technologies plant can reopen, but only after […]

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EXIDE BANKRUPTCY BREAKING NEWS: Exide asks bankruptcy court to approve $65 million in additional debtor-in-possesion financing to bridge way through negotiations on Plan of Reorganization submitted by unofficial committee of secured creditors

Law 360 Exide Seeks $65M In Additional Bankruptcy Financing By Matt Chiappardi Law360, Wilmington (July 07, 2014, 7:05 PM ET) — Battery maker Exide Technologies Inc. asked the Delaware bankruptcy court to approve $65 million in additional debtor-in-possession financing to bridge its way through negotiations on a Chapter 11 plan connected to a reorganization proposal the debtor […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Considered a “total win” by some, South Coast Air Quality Management District reaches agreement with Exide that bars Vernon smelter from resuming operations until new arsenic emission controls are installed and measures are taken to prevent lead-contaminated dust from being released during construction, maintenance; Agency’s abatement orders to be considered during public meeting TONIGHT – JULY 9 – at Maywood Academy High School; Plant may reopen late this year or early 2015

David Pettit, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, called the deal “a total win for the air district.” “They’re getting everything they want in terms of getting the facility to comply with the new, very strict regulations that it has on its books and all the litigation goes away,” he said. But the […]

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EXIDE BANKRUPTCY BREAKING NEWS: Exide informs bankruptcy court about Plan of Reorganization submitted by unofficial committee of senior secured note holders; deadline for Exide submitting its own Plan of Reorganization extended once again – to July 31.

From Exide’s news release: “The non-binding POR proposal contemplates substantial deleveraging of the Company’s debt by more than $700 million, a sizable investment of new equity capital, and new debt to fund the Exide Chapter 11 emergence and post-emergence business — including liquidity and working capital to support the Company’s operations, seasonality and growth of […]

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UPDATED – EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Deficient for a third time — after regulators have allowed it to operate with temporary permit for decades — DTSC gives Exide 30 days to submit appropriate application or lose permission to handle hazardous waste

“A notice issued Tuesday by state regulators faults Exide Technologies for failing to describe the amount of lead-contaminated waste on the site, underestimating the cost to clean it up and not including a safety assessment for hazardous waste-holding tanks that could spill in an earthquake, among other deficiencies.” – Los Angeles Times “For decades, Exide has […]

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EXIDE BANKRUPTCY BREAKING NEWS: Court gives Exide 30-day exclusivity extension to file its Plan of Reorgnaization; Exide president expresses commitment to investment in plants and facilities — perhaps to bring them into compliance with state and federal regulations? No mention made of any Exide plans for communities negatively impacted by its violation-plagued current and former operations

While Exide’s Caruso stated that the company “continues to invest in its business, and this amendment to the DIP supports our commitment to ongoing improvements in our operations and facilities,” he made no mention of what plans Exide has to address the communities that have been negatively impacted by the plant’s emissions of lead, arsenic and […]

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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

“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 FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: Potentially hazardous waste from Exide lead smelter missing in Frisco

CBS Dallas/Fort Worth Potentially Hazardous Waste From Exide Plant Missing In Frisco May 21, 2014 7:15 PM By Jack Fink FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) - Exide Technologies has hired two companies to collect battery case fragments, and other potentially hazardous waste in Stewart Creek as part of the state-mandated clean-up. The city of Frisco says for more than 40 years, […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Waiting until after today’s hearing agenda was amended and finalized, Exide files motion to delay presenting bankruptcy reorganization plan to Court and stakeholders; Wants to maintain exclusivity in preparation of reorg plan. Hearing on request scheduled for July 2. Exide wants to delay plan presentation to Court until July 31 and to delay seeking stakeholder approval until Sept. 30. OBJECTIONS TO EXIDE’S REQUEST FOR A DELAY ARE DUE TO BANKRUPTCY COURT BY MAY 30. June 13 will mark one-year anniversary of Exide’s second bankruptcy filing in 12 years

Waiting until after today’s hearing agenda was amended and finalized, Exide submitted a motion today to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to delay the deadline for the company presenting its bankruptcy reorganization plan to the court. A hearing on that request  is scheduled for July 2, 2014, 11 a.m. EST at U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 8224 Market […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Communities for a Better Environment Releases Exide Fact Sheet

Communities for a Better Enviornment as issues a Fact Sheet on Exide Vernon. You can see it here And you can download a copy here.

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS – Frisco officials see Exide lead smelter cleanup costs mount; City requests $1.5 million from State fund — total amount Legislature set aside for TCEQ cleanup fund from statewide fee — to help cover increasing costs of closed Exide site

Both agencies (EPA and TCEQ) must approve all the work that Exide does at the Frisco site, company officials said. The city has no official role in that process. Yet Frisco says it is putting in a lot of work to ensure the cleanup is done right. That includes producing its own detailed cost estimates […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide management decides to temporarily lay off 120 workers because of consequences of its long overdue efforts to come into compliance with on-the-books regional/state/federal laws and regulations

KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Exide lays off more than 120 employees at Vernon plant                                                                               […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: (SEE CORRECTION IN POST) TCEQ denies approval of Exide cleanup plan and lists 34 reasons it believes Exide is cutting corners on required cleanup/agreement; Cites concerns about safety of water for drinking

CORRECTION This story was originally reported in October, 2013 CBS 11 - DALLAS/FORT WORTH

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EXIDE VERNON – COMMUNITIES FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT: Washing our hands of Exide

COMMUNITIES FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT Washing Our Hands of Exide Residents express their outrage during a community meeting hosted by the SCAQMD. Vernon, CA shares a dubious association with Frisco, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, Atlanta, GA and perhaps other cities: their soil, air, and water have been contaminated by the battery recycler, Exide Technologies. Vernon, […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Community members, elected officials hold rally calling for statewide action to address chronic polluters like Exide

CBS LOS ANGELES Officials Rally At Vernon Recycling Plant Urging Action To Address Chronic Polluters April 14, 2014 10:58 AM VERNON (CBSLA.com) — Community members and elected officials from across Los Angeles and Riverside held a rally Monday calling for statewide action to address chronic polluters. The group gathered at 10 a.m. in front of Exide Technologies’ […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Statewide Call to Action – #Healthy Hoods not Toxic Hotspots Rally and News Conference – Monday, April 14, 10 AM, PST, Exide lead smelter – 2700 S. Indiana, Vernon, CA

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ALLIANCE AND COMMUNITIES FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT #Health Hoods not Toxic Hotspots Rally & Press Conference Monday April 14th at Exide! STATEWIDE CALL TO ACTION Join the fight to ensure No More Exides and win healthy hoods throughout California! April 14th at 10 am Exide, 2700 S Indiana St, Vernon […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: SCAQMD files second Order of Abatement petition again Exide lead smelter expressing concerns that if plant resumed operations, Exide would be even more likely to continue violating regional/federal lead emission standards. Agency cites that even with smelter shut down, Exide exceeded lead emission standards for 18 consecutive days in March/April, and officials called one of the violations “knowing, willful and intentional.”

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) today filed a petition with its Hearing Board seeking to prohibit Exide Technologies from activities that have caused violations of the agency’s ambient lead standard on 18 consecutive days.  “Exide’s facility is so contaminated with lead that they are causing violations of our ambient lead standard at […]

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