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January 2014 - Lead Free Frisco
Archive | January, 2014

EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: Two California Senate bills target permitting process for Exide’s Vernon lead smelter

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A $40 million lawsuit and two state bills are the latest additions to the arsenal of weapons being used to force Vernon-based Exide Technologies to clean up its act or be shut down. Numerous violations of state standards for toxic chemical emissions, including lead and arsenic, have placed the acid-battery recycler under heightened scrutiny and […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Air management district sues Exide for exposing tens of thousands of people to cancer-causing chemicals and failing to take timely action to address problems with pollution control systems

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“Exide has had a steady stream of operational problems that have resulted in excess toxic emissions,” said air district executive officer Barry Wallerstein. “These toxic emissions have exposed more than 100,000 residents to an unacceptable cancer risk and for that reason we are seeking to recover a significant penalty from them.” State Sen. Kevin de […]

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BREAKING NEWS: What can Vernon, East Los Angeles, Frisco, Muncie other communities contaminated by Exide learn now from Erin Brockowich and West Virginia’s water contamination crisis

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FOLLOW THIS LINK TO READ AND LISTEN TO AN INTERVIEW WITH ERIN BROCKOVICH IN WEST VIRGINIA BECAUSE OF THE FREEDOM INDUSTRIES’ CONTAMINATION OF THE STATE’S WATER SUPPLY, AND LEARN ABOUT WHAT CITIZENS ARE DOING.

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EXIDE VERNON: John Perez, speaker of California Assembly – “Exide plant a grim tale of harmful pollution”

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The story of Exide is a decades-long cycle of emissions violations, patchwork responses, and then business as usual. This time it has to be different. This time we have to end the cycle once and for all. Either Exide is regulated sufficiently so it cleans up its act and operates in a way consistent with […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Regulation tightens emission limits for arsenic, other toxins from Exide

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While the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is the agency that is supposed to deal with contaminated soil, DTSC is notoriously ineffective and can’t be relied on to protect the East L.A. community. So that leaves SCAQMD to do the work.  We and Communities For A Better Environment have suggested in our comment letters […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide — once again — exeeds lead limits

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide recycling plant exceeds lead limits again, officials say Amid air quality regulators’ efforts to temporarily shut down the Vernon plant, production is cut due to lead emission violations. Protesters rally at the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon last October. (Christina House, For The Times / October 30, 2013) By Jessica Garrison […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: California State Senate panel to hold hearing Jan. 15 on Department of Toxic Substance Control’s lax oversight of hazardous waste operations such as Exide’s Vernon lead smelter

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A Los Angeles Times investigation published last year found that the agency’s tracking system, required by state law, was so flawed that officials could not account for 174,000 tons of hazardous material shipped for disposal in the last five years. The Times also reported that the agency is often slow to act and ineffectual in […]

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VERNON EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: SCAQMD board hearing tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 10, to propose adoption of Amended Rule 1420.1 to reduce arsenic emissions and other key toxic air contaminant emissions from large lead smelter/lead-acid battery recycling facilities such as Exide’s troubled Vernon facility

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South Coast Air Quality Management Governing Board hearing to propose adoption of Amended Rule 1420.1 – Emission Standards for Lead and Other Toxic Air Contaminants from Large Lead-Acid Battery Facilities on January 10, 2014, originally scheduled for December 6, 2013. Proposed Amended Rule 1420.1 seeks to reduce arsenic emissions and other key toxic air contaminant […]

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EXIDE MUNCIE BREAKING NEWS: Exide to clean up pollution in Muncie, still faces unresolved notice of violation

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The company recently settled a notice of violation brought by the state that allegedly involved brown-colored, lead-contaminated water along a storage area and rail spur and dead vegetation near a ditch leading to a storm water outfall. The Muncie factory still faces a second, unresolved notice of violation concerning an alleged oil leak from equipment; […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: City of Vernon orders Exide to clean up high levels of hazardous waste found on streets, sidewalks and storm water catch basins, which exceed State levels for lead and arsenic, or face fines, jail

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EGPNEWS.COM Vernon Does About Face, Orders Exide to Clean Up Failure to comply could result in fines or jail time. By EGP Staff Report Following in the footsteps of the state Department of Toxic Substance Control, the city of Vernon has ordered Exide Technologies to clean up high levels of hazardous waste found on streets, […]

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