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BREAKING NEWS: KEEP IT UP, FRISCO CITIZENS! Your voices MATTER! TCEQ pulls proposed Exide SIP/Agreed Order from upcoming vote because of citizens’ many doubts, concerns

(It’s very important to remember the EPA sent the first SIP/Agreed Order proposal that the TCEQ and Exide crafted together back for revisions because of flaws. And, because of public comments regarding weaknesses/omissions in the TCEQ/Exide proposed plans that were received during a hearing held in Frisco last summer, the TCEQ made additional corrections. BUT then the TCEQ decided not to provide the public with another chance to review and comment on any revised SIP/Agreed Order between the state agency and Exide.)

TCEQ Delays Vote on Proposals to Reduce Lead Emissions at Exide in Frisco

The delay comes after Monday’s Lead Open House in Frisco, where staff from the state agency along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Department of State Health Services made themselves available to answer any questions about Exide, its proposals or lead.

About 70 people showed up, many expressing doubts that the changes proposed by the state would be enough to bring Exide into compliance with the national ambient air quality standard for lead.

“If I had to bet, it’s not going to work,” said Jess McAngus, a co-founder of Spirit Environmental in Houston and an expert on air quality issues who has been studying the Exide issue.

(Click here to get information about the lead deposition study Spirit Environmental did for the Frisco Unleaded citizens group that showed at least 150 tons of lead dust has been dumped over much of Frisco since the Exide lead smelter opened almost 50 years ago.)

Dallas Morning News

Valerie Wigglesworth/Reporter

10:13 AM on Wed., May. 23, 2012 | Permalink

The proposed agreed order and state implementation plan to reduce lead emissions at the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant have been pulled from next week’s TCEQ agenda.

The documents were originally scheduled to be voted on in December. But that vote was pushed back to this spring. The proposals were included on the draft agenda for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s May 30 meeting that was released May 11. But the items have been removed from the final agenda released Tuesday.

A TCEQ spokesman said Wednesday the proposals have been delayed for further review by the executive director. They will be considered at a later agenda in June. No further explanation was available. The TCEQ must submit the documents to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by June 30.Exide Frisco aerial (Small).JPG

The proposals detail the improvements Exide must make to its secondary lead smelter in Frisco to lower lead emissions. An area around the plant is one of 21 in the nation that does not meet the new federal air-quality standard for lead. The standard was strengthened tenfold in 2008 because of the increasing amount of research showing the dangers from exposure to the toxic metal. There is no known safe level of lead.

Exide has already been making many of the improvements included in the proposals. And its vice president of recycling and operational excellence, Joe Preuth, signed the agreed order on May 2. TCEQ’s deputy director Caroline Sweeney signed the agreed order on May 3. All that was lacking was a signature from the agency’s commissioner.

The delay comes after Monday’s Lead Open House in Frisco, where staff from the state agency along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Department of State Health Services made themselves available to answer any questions about Exide, its proposals or lead. About 70 people showed up, many expressing doubts that the changes proposed by the state would be enough to bring Exide into compliance with the national ambient air quality standard for lead.

“If I had to bet, it’s not going to work,” said Jess McAngus, a co-founder of Spirit Environmental in Houston and an expert on air quality issues who has been studying the Exide issue.

Click here to read the current drafts of the Collin County attainment demonstration for the 2008 national ambient air quality standard for lead and the agreed order between the TCEQ and Exide Technologies.


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