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NEWS UPDATE / MEDIA ROUND-UP – California suspends operations at Exide’s Venon, CA plant because it “poses an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment”

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 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ORDER TO SUSPEND EXIDE VERNON’S OPERATIONS STATEMENT TO READ FULL STATMENT, CLICK HERE  CBS LOS ANGELES Vernon Facility Shut Down Over Lead, Arsenic Emissions VERNON (CBSLA.com) —The state issued an emergency order forcing a recycling plant in Vernon to shut down after tests show it may have poisoned groundwater and […]

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Law firms filing class action lawsuits against Exide and certain officers on behalf of shareholders, investigating potential claims against board of directors due to issues including arsenic emissions from Vernon, CA plant and financial reporting

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On March 22, 2013 the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) (air pollution regulation agency for all of Orange County, CA, and the Los Angeles urban area) announced it had reviewed and approved a health risk assessment from Exide Technologies showing that its Vernon facility is causing a potential health impact to residents in […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Standard & Poor’s places Exide’s credit, issue-level ratings on “Creditwatch with negative implications”

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From StreetInsider.com – April 9, 2013   (link to story) “Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said today that it placed its ‘B-‘ corporate credit rating and its issue-level ratings on Exide Technologies (Nasdaq: XIDE) on CreditWatch with negative implications. “We placed the ratings on CreditWatch with negative implications because of our view of an increased […]

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BREAKING NEWS: California Assembly Speaker calls for immediate action to be taken regarding threats to public health from Exide’s Vernon, CA plant

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Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez today called on the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to take immediate action regarding the threats to public health from the Exide plant in Los Angeles. In a letter to DTSC Director Debbie Raphael, Speaker Pérez, who represents residents jeopardized by emissions from the plant, called for an […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles City Council committee asks City Attorney to explore legal action against Exide for toxic plant emissions; inquires about employee cancer rate

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By Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou, City News Service The City Council’s Energy and Environment Committee instructed the City Attorney’s Office and staff Wednesday to report back on how the city can take legal action against Exide Technologies, owners of a Vernon-based battery recycling facility recently cited for emitting potentially harmful levels of arsenic into nearby neighborhoods. […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Exide stock falls to $1.37 amid reports it has hired firm to advise on restructuring

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From Bloomberg/Businesweek: Exide Technologies (XIDE), a maker of lead- acid batteries, dropped the most in almost nine years after Debtwire reported it hired Lazard and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to advise on a restructuring. Exide sank (XIDE) to $1.37 at the close in New York for the biggest one-day decline since April […]

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LA City Council irate over Exide’s arsenic emissions; Agency report states Exide’s plant’s cancer risk higher and affects more people than any of other 450 area facilities

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From The Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles City Council members Wednesday expressed fury at recent revelations that arsenic emissions from a battery-recycling plant in nearby Vernon pose a danger to as many as 110,000 people, and called upon the city attorney to look into possible legal action. “I’m outraged. I’m appalled,” said Councilman Jose Huizar, […]

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As US tightens rules on harmful emissions, battery recycling for lead moves to Mexico

Published March 24, 2013, Tri-City Herald of Washington State By Tim Johnson – McClatchy Newspapers Cienega De Flores, Mexico – When an American replaces the battery in a car, likely as not the old battery will be shipped to Mexico rather than trucked to a modern U.S. recycling plant. U.S. recyclers have some of the […]

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Exide’s Vernon, CA, plant poses danger, told to reduce emissions

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0324-exide-air-20130324,0,2002688.story  A battery recycling plant in Vernon is being told to reduce its emissions after recent tests showed it is posing a danger to as many as 110,000 people living in an area that extends from Boyle Heights to Maywood and Huntington Park. The South Coast Air Quality Management District announced late Friday that Exide Technologies, […]

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Frisco residents furious with Exide clean-up plan

Local TV station Channel 8 (WFAA) reported on the flared tempers at the Feb. 6 public meeting hosted by Exide. See story at wfaa.com As reported by Jobin Panicker FRISCO — Exide Technology’s lead smelters may have cooled, but tempers haven’t. Neighbors of the recently-closed Frisco facility are furious with a plan to have Exide remove […]

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Frisco residents turn up heat on Exide at public meeting

Local TV station Channel 11 (CBS) reported on the Feb. 6 public meeting hosted by Exide where Frisco residents turned up the heat on the company concerning the clean up of the lead smelter site. See story at dfw.cbslocal.com As reported by J.D. Miles FRISCO (CBS 11 NEWS) – About 50 Frisco homeowners showed up for a […]

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EPA has concerns about Exide’s plans to treat landfill

EPA raises concerns about Exide landfill cleanup in Frisco By VALERIE WIGGLESWORTH Staff Writer vwigglesworth@dallasnews.com Published: 05 February 2013 10:35 PM Updated: 05 February 2013 10:35 PM The Environmental Protection Agency has raised concerns about state-approved plans to allow Exide Technologies to treat hazardous waste in its nonhazardous landfill in Frisco. The concerns were outlined […]

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Watchdog to probe EPA handling of lead smelter risk

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From USAToday.com The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog plans to investigate the agency’s performance in addressing the health risks posed by lead smelters in the wake of a USA TODAY investigation. The action was announced this week as part of the Inspector General’s action plan for 2013. USA TODAY’s ongoing “Ghost Factories” investigation found the […]

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Exide to pay $225,000 civil penalty for violations found by EPA

From dallasnews.com By Valerie Wigglesworth Exide Technologies has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $225,000 for violations found by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during inspections at its Frisco plant in 2009 and 2010. The details are spelled out in a consent agreement and final order filed by the EPA on Dec. 18. Exide […]

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Dallas Morning News Editorial: Frisco takes tough stance on Exide

It is never easy for a city to balance economic development and public health when the two goals come into conflict. To their credit, Frisco city officials have appropriately done so in the Exide case, giving the priority to public health. Read full editorial DMN_19Jan2012_ToughStanceEditorial.

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Old factories may stick taxpayers with cleanup costs

From USA Today: Making polluters pay for cleanups is a cornerstone of environmental laws. But in the case of old smelter sites, some firms have either reorganized or used bankruptcy to shed financial responsibility. PHILADELPHIA – Several companies manufactured lead for more than 140 years at a massive factory surrounded by homes in the city’s […]

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Want even more info about the effects of lead in North Texas? Take a look at The Burden of Lead

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Dallasnews.com has a great resource for lead issues that are affecting our community. It features stories about communities affected by lead, photos and videos, and documents from the CDC and EPA ranging from what people need to know about lead to reviews about Superfund sites. Click here to take some time to look at it […]

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The Burden of Lead: West Dallas deals with contamination decades later

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From dallasnews.com By VALERIE WIGGLESWORTH The low-income neighborhood of older wood-frame homes in West Dallas is a far cry from the suburb of newly built brick houses in Frisco 30 miles to the north. But the two North Texas communities share a bond: Both were contaminated by industrial lead for nearly half a century. The […]

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Exide manager gives review of demolition plans

From dallasnews.com: By VALERIE WIGGLESWORTH FRISCO — Exide Technologies briefed the public Wednesday on its plans to decontaminate and demolish its Frisco lead smelter. During a meeting attended by about three dozen people, Frisco plant manager Dave McKercher offered a tentative schedule and encouraged people to use the company’s website to ask questions, make suggestions […]

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Tenative demolition/decontaimination timeline for the Frisco Exide plant

Dec. 31: Tentative date to begin demolition Jan. 15: Tentative date to begin removal of plant’s smokestacks March 1: Anticipated date to complete demolition May 1: Anticipated date to complete remediation of land purchased by city of Frisco Beyond May 1: Meet actions required by regulatory agencies

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