EXIDE FRISO NEWS UPDATE: What to do with the toxic, harzadous waste from Exide lead smelter in Frisco?
What to Do With Exide Waste in Frisco?
FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – The Exide battery recycling plant in Frisco has been shut down for a year. But some Frisco residents said that the fight is not yet over. The issue is what to do with the waste from the plant — bury it or remove it.
Meghan Green, who lives just a couple of miles away from the shutdown plant, said that she would like to see the waste removed from the site and hauled off to a licensed hazardous waste landfill. “It’s a black eye for the city,” she said. “There are studies out there that show the economic impact that living in a city with a landfill does.”
The city estimates that hauling the waste to another site would cost nearly $135 million, and they are unlikely to receive that much money from Exide in bankruptcy court. However, Frisco Mayor Maher Maso explained that cost is not the main factor. “Making sure our residents are protected,” he said, “that is the driving factor.”
While Maso said that no final decision has been made on what to do with the waste, sources told CBS 11 News that the city will most likely support burying the waste in a sealed landfill on site. The landfill would be constantly monitored to ensure that none of the hazardous materials seep from the contained area. This plan would cost an estimated $20 million, and many argue that it would be just as safe as hauling it away.
The deadline for the city to file a claim against Exide in bankruptcy court is Tuesday.
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Group Wants Full Cleanup of Former Battery Recyler’s Landfill
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 l Updated 9:03 PM CST
Eric King, NBC 5 News
After the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality confirmed the presence of hazardous levels of lead in the parts of a landfill belonging to Exide Technologies, a group of Frisco residents called Frisco Unleaded want the dump out of the city.
A Frisco group is urging the city to do a thorough job of cleaning up the site of a former battery recycling plant.
Frisco Unleaded fought to shut down the controversial Exide Technologies facility last year.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality confirmed that the presence of hazardous levels of lead buried in the closed parts of Exide’s landfill, which is right in the middle of the city.
Meghan Green, a Frisco Unleaded member who lives near the landfill, said the city is looking at either capping the landfill at a cost of about $20 million or digging it up and removing everything — at a cost of about $135 million.
“Nothing in Frisco has been skimped on, so why this? … I don’t care about the aesthetics; I want the health factor,” she said.
Green said she doesn’t feel as if the city is putting the health of its citizens first. With safety at risk, it’s no time for the city to consider taking the cheap route, she said.
The Exide facility closed last year after years of disputes with the city over pollution and ground contamination.
She said she hopes the city can dig a little deeper and find more than two options.
Mayor Maher Maso said the city is prepared to do so.
“The City Council is very focused on having the best possible outcome for our residents for the long term, and that has never changed,” he said.
The state will make the final decision on what to do with the site, Maso said.
NBC 5’s Eric King contributed to this report.