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March 2014 - Lead Free Frisco
Archive | March, 2014

EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: AGAIN?! WHY IS THIS BEING ALLOWED?? ANOTHER VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AIR QUALITY STANDARDS – WHERE IS THE EPA?! Excessive lead emissions detected at Exide’s violation-ridden lead smelter

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FROM SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT WEBSITE March 28, 2014 NEW Additional Notices of Violation have been issued to Exide. A total of 3 Notices of Violation have been issued – one for each day the 30-day rolling average ambient lead concentration at the “North East” monitor exceeded 0.15  micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) (March […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles County to begin offering free lead screening April 7 to residents living near Exide lead smelter

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Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the public health department, encouraged residents to take advantage of the free testing, and he again lashed out at the Exide operation and called for its closure. “Given the history of repeated violations at this facility, it is hard to understand why Exide Technologies has been allowed to continue operation […]

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EXIDE VERNON – LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL – Vernon’s Exide battery plant: An environmental wake-up call

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 There’s no clearer sign that state environmental regulators have failed to protect public health than the warning issued this month to parents living in the shadow of the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon: Don’t let children play in the dirt in your backyard…. The example of Exide must be a wake-up call to Gov. Jerry […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: With misgivings and real doubts, SQAQMD okays plan Exide claims will reduce health dangers from its lead smelter operations

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Barry Wallerstein, the executive officer of the air district, was not so upbeat about the announcement. He said that despite approving the plan, he has real doubts about Exide’s “ability and/or desire” to comply with emission rules designed to protect public health. He noted that the company has continued to rack up violations of air […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUNDUP: Angry residents urge state to shut down Exide smelter after high lead levels found in soil in nearby homes

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Angry residents confront state officials over Exide plant Neighbors of the Vernon battery recycler urge the state to shut it down after the discovery of high lead levels in nearby homes.   By Jessica GarrisonMarch 19, 2014, 10:38 p.m. Furious residents confronted state officials at a community meeting Wednesday night to discuss the […]

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EXIDE BATON ROUGE BREAKING NEWS: DEQ and EPA work on plan to do more testing, find “unknowns” near closed Exide site; community groups concerned widespread off-site pollution has been found at Exide facilities in other parts of the U.S., like Frisco

The executive director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Marylee Orr, said she is pleased DEQ is going to do more testing to look for potential problems because widespread pollution off the facility’s site is something that’s been found at Exide facilities in other parts of the country. “We feel they have a legacy of […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: After 5 months, still no blood tests for neighbors of Exide lead smelter

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KPCC – 89.3 – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO After 5 months, still no blood tests for neighbors of Exide Adrian Florido | March 12th, 2014, 7:03pm Maya Sugarman/KPCC Community members listen during a public comment session at a town hall meeting about the future of the Exide lead-recycling plant in Vernon. Listen Now [1 min 13 sec] […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Lead worries deepen near Exide lead smelter in Vernon

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Lead worries deepen near Exide plant in Vernon Discovery of potent neurotoxin in neighbors’ yards compounds fears of pollution from the Vernon battery recycler. Crystal Garcia, 26, is concerned about the safety of her children — Melonie, 4, left, and Jesse, 3 — since elevated levels of lead have been found in […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approves creation of Task Force aimed at closing Exide lead smelter and identifying other industrial health threats

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LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS Los Angeles County creates task force to battle industrial pollution By Elizabeth Marcellino, City News Service POSTED: 03/11/14, 12:41 PM PDT | LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved the creation of a task force aimed at closing a battery recycling plant in Vernon and identifying other industrial […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: California Gov. Jerry Brown intervenes in Exide lead smelter case

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California Governor Jerry Brown Intervenes in Case of Exide Technologies  NEWS RELEASE FROM CONSUMER WATCHDOG Governor Jerry Brown today intervened in the case of Vernon lead battery recycler Exide Technologies that has threatened public health with hazardous emissions of lead. The governor discussed the case with regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUND-UP: Lead found in soil of homes, pre-school near Exide smelter; health alert issued – March 21 set as deadline for Exide to come up with plan to protect children and pregnant women

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CLICK HERE TO READ DTSC FACT SHEET ABOUT EXIDE LEAD CONTAMINATION OF SOIL  The state found that every home tested had lead contamination in the soil that exceeded California’s screening level of 80 parts per million. One home in Boyle Heights had samples above 580 parts per million. The preschool, which is farther north, was […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles County Supervisor proposes ‘toxic threat strike team’ to take action against Exide, others, when State fails to do so

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LOS ANGELES TIMES L.A. Supervisor Molina proposes ‘toxic threat strike team’ to take action against Exide, others when State fails to act The Exide Technologies plant in Vernon, Calif., which has been accused of endangering tens of thousands of people with its lead and arsenic emissions. (Christina House / For the Times / October 30, 2013) By Jessica GarrisonMarch […]

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