EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: California Department of Toxic Substances issues Exide a Notice of Deficiency for its proposed closure plan for its troubled lead smelter; DTSC details how Exide’s plan did not fulfill standards specified in the California Code of Regulations for closure of hazardous waste facilities
On June 17, 2015, the California Department of Toxic Substances issued Exide a NOTICE OF DEFICIENCY FOR CLOSURE PLAN regarding the company’s proposed plan to close its troubled and toxic lead smelter. Exide submitted the plan on May 15.
According to the DTSC:
“The Notice of Deficiency is extensive. The Notice of Deficiency provides comments that identify sections in the Closure Plan that do not fulfill the standards specified in California Code of Regulations for closure of hazardous waste facilities. The length of the Notice of Deficiency and the number of comments provided in it reflects the magnitude of the inadequacy of the Closure Plan. DTSC expects,and California Code of Regulations, title 22, section 66265.111 requires, closure of the facility in accordance with the regulations.
Exide sent a letter to the DTSC on June 24 asking for an extension of the deadline to submit a closure plan.
The DTSC responded by extending the deadline that Exide must submit a revised Closure Plan from July 1 to July 17, 2015.