Archive | August, 2013

EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: CA state officials order Exide to begin testing dust and soil in neighborhoods around Vernon plant for lead, arsenic and toxic substances that pose community health risk

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide to begin testing for dangerous metals buildup in neighborhood Responding to Exide neighbors’ health concerns, California ordered Vernon battery plant to test for toxic substances in soil and dust. By Jessica Garrison August 27, 2013, 10:56 p.m. State officials have ordered a Vernon battery recycler to begin testing dust and soil in […]

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BREAKING NEWS: After EPA-driven revisions that would require regulators to be informed and clarification made that potential purchasers are responsible for remediation, judge allows Exide to sell or abandon contaminated properties without approval

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The federal government challenged Exide’s request earlier this week on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, saying that while the proposed sales process might be fine in most bankruptcies, it was troubling in a case in which the debtor owned upward of 60 potential contaminated properties. At a hearing in Wilmington, Exide counsel announced that […]

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Exide wins final approval of $500 million DIP loan over environmental objections

LAW 360 (Subscription Required) By Matt Chiappardi Law360, Wilmington (July 24, 2013, 8:52 PM ET) — A Delaware bankruptcy judge granted final approval Wednesday to battery manufacturing giant Exide Technologies’ $500 million post-petition loan over objections from environmental regulators who were worried the terms could prevent the company from responding to emergencies. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge […]

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BREAKING NEWS: U.S. government, EPA, and 10 states object to Exide’s request to sell or abandon certain assets – including contaminated property – without further approval from bankruptcy court; According to Exide, company owns more than 60 U.S. properties, many of which could require funding for environmental cleanup or compliance


The U.S. government on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency filed an objection in Delaware bankruptcy court, contending that Exide’s request has the potential to include contaminated property and arguing that courts are not permitted to allow assets be abandoned without conditions protecting public health and safety. “While debtor’s motion might be appropriate in other […]

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EXIDE FAIRFIELD, CT NEWS – Fairfield gives green light to Exide cleanup of contaminated Mill River; Residents look forward to cleanup of site 30 years after Exide closed lead smelter


  The group says it is still concerned with a property next to the Exide site, saying that its possible that lead from the site seeped into the land. Also, drains and manhole structures could be “seriously damaged” by the acid run off from the old manufacturing processes used by Exide, it said. “Our intervention, […]

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EXIDE BATON ROUGE, LA NEWS – State asked to ensure that hazardous wastes left after closure of Exide’s Baton Rouge lead smelter are not a harm to community

THE ADVOCATE – BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA Closure of battery recycling plant in north BR a cause of concern Environmental impact of battery recycling plant questioned   LEAN wants DEQ “to assure that this facility will not leave behind a legacy of long-standing environmental issues for the surrounding community,” LEAN executive director Marylee Orr wrote in […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Exide lead smelter one of stops on Toxic Tour of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES TIMES Trash talk and the real dirt on a ‘toxic tour’ of Los Angeles A ‘toxic tour’ past rail yards, smokestacks and refineries aims to show officials the consequences of their decisions in low-income, predominantly Latino communities in southeast L.A. By Tony Barboza July 27, 2013, 7:21 p.m. You won’t find any homes of […]

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EXIDE VERNON MEDIA UPDATE: Experts reveal possible health hazards caused by Exide plant; Residents attending Town Hall meeting urged to rally against Exide lead smelter


 CBS LOS ANGELES Experts Reveal Possible Health Hazards Caused By Vernon Battery Plant July 31, 2013 11:34 PM July 31, 2013 11:34 PM BELL ( — Bell residents gathered Wednesday night to hear about the potential health hazards caused by a battery recycling factory in the neighboring city of Vernon permitted in June to re-open. The […]

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