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Tensions run high at first public meeting on Exide plant demolition

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Exide’s lead-acid battery plant in Frisco has long been a contentious issue in the city, and Wednesday night’s public meeting regarding the decontamination and demolition of the plant was no exception. See the story at Starlocalnews.com Neither Exide officials nor meeting attendees appeared happy with the outcome of the meeting, which became hostile within the […]

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Frisco activists want more public input on Exide cleanup

From dallasnews.com: Environmental groups claim that the public is being shut out of the cleanup process for Exide Technologies’ secondary lead smelter in Frisco. The groups Frisco Unleaded and Downwinders at Risk say important decisions are being made behind closed doors without the public having a chance to review them or provide….. See the full […]

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LATEST NEWS: Exide sets Dec. 12 public meeting; Announces demolition plans for Frisco lead smelter

Frankfort Exide plant demolition

  Exide Technologies to hold public meeting Dec. 12 on demolition plans By Valerie Wigglesworth/Reporter Dallas Morning News Exide Technologies has scheduled a public meeting for next week to discuss demolition plans for its battery recycling plant in Frisco along with efforts to control dust and monitor air quality during the process. The meeting will […]

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MEDIA ROUND-UP – Exide Technologies closes Frisco lead smelter

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Below is a round-up of news stories regarding the  Nov. 30 closing of the Exide Techologies lead smelter in Frisco: November 30, 2012 Dallas Morning News Exide Technologies shuts down Frisco plant today By Valerie Wigglesworth Exide Technologies will shut down by 11 a.m. today, ending nearly a half century of operations in Frisco. The […]

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EXIDE’S NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OTHER COMMUNITIES: More than 20 years after Exide closed plant in Frankfort, IN, demolition and property clean-up underway; Concerns about health, environmental hazards warrant community, multi-agency oversight

Frankfort Exide plant demolition

City and county officials in Frankfort, Indiana are overseeing the cleanup and demolition of the long-standing Exide Battery site, which is already under way, for environmental purposes. The Exide lead battery plant was closed more than 20 years ago, and the area has been a blighted one since. The Frankfort building inspector contacted Exide in […]

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GHOST FACTORIES UPDATE: EPA re-examining 460 former lead factory sites for health hazards from lead deposited in soil in nearby neighborhoods

USA TODAY - EPA LEAD

In response to USA TODAY’s award-winning investigation, the  EPA is re-examining more than 460 former lead factory sites across the USA for health hazards left by toxic fallout onto soil in nearby neighborhoods. Read the entire story below: In response to USA TODAY’s “Ghost Factories” investigation, the EPA and states are already finding lead poisoning […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Exide Frisco lead smelter to end operations November 30

Exide Frisco lead smelter

  Here is link to CBS 11 story.

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BREAKING NEWS: Report – Children exposed to lead or mercury 3 to 5 times more likely to have ADHD symptoms

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Children exposed to higher levels of mercury or lead are three to five times more likely to be identified by teachers as having problems associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, according to a scientific study published today. The study, of Inuit children living in Arctic Canada, is the first to find a high rate of […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Exide Frisco lead smelter exceeds limits for concentration of lead in emissions five out of past six months

Arrow Up

According to certified monitoring data provide by the TCEQ and the EPA, the Exide lead smelter has exceeded federal standards for lead emissions five out of the past six months. The maximum legal limit is .15 micrograms per cubic meter. Below are the mnthly monitored lead concentration emission levels (average from four monitors around the […]

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BREAKING NEWS: EPA to begin digging up dangerous lead contamination in soil around New Jersey homes after USA TODAY investigation

From USA TODAY: The Environmental Protection Agency will begin digging up dangerous lead contamination this month around a dozen homes in New Jersey, part of one of the largest state efforts yet to re-examine health risks posed by soil near hundreds of old factory locations identified by a USA TODAY investigation. Regulators in at least […]

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NEWS: City Council approves sale of revenue bonds to purchase land surrounding Frisco Exide lead smelter; Bond sale set for Aug. 24

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From the Frisco Enterprise Sale of Exide bonds approved: City council approves bond sale Tuesday By Anthony Tosie, atosie@starlocalnews.com Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 3:18 PM CDT The sale of revenue bonds to purchase 180 acres of land currently owned by Exide Technologies was approved at a Frisco City Council meeting on Tuesday. Approval of […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Exide Frisco lead smelter exceeds lead emission standards for fourth month in a row / TCEQ rubber stamps attainment plan for Exide lead smelter; Report finds flaws in calculations used and questions raised about legality and appropriateness of how TCEQ has avoided public input, comment and lack of action on Texas Public Information Act request

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Below are comments from a letter submitted by James Schnurr – representing James Mallet, who has family in Frisco – during the public comment period of the TCEQ meeting today where the agency approved the plans the agency and Exide crafted to bring the Exide Frisco lead smelter into compliance with federal standards for lead […]

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BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUND-UP – Frisco residents cite EPA, TCEQ inaction, announce “We Will Do It Ourselves!” plan to sue Exide for breaking numerous environmental laws dealing with air, waste, hazardous waste

Frisco Citizens Do It!

KERA (Print and Audio) Exide Opponents Take Steps to File Suit FRISCO ENTERPRISE Citizens Groups Plan to File Lawsuit Regarding Exide Plant WBAP Frisco Residents Plan Lawsuit Over Exide Clean-Up WE ARE FRISCO Frisco citizens groups keep heat on Exide, EPA   For Immediate Release:                                                                                         For More Information: 7 am July 16th, 2012                                 […]

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REPORT: New health issues tied to low-level lead exposure for children, teens AND adults; No really safe level of lead exposure

Lead Danger

A recent government study, prepared with help of researchers from Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, tallies the wide-ranging damage low-level lead exposure can do, beyond the well-documented effects of reducing youngsters’ IQ and undermining their ability to learn and control their behavior. Hearing and even the onset of puberty may be affected in […]

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No Safe Blood Lead Level for Children…

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READ THIS AND THEN READ THE FULL STORY AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A PARENT.  

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BREAKING NEWS: NO SAFE BLOOD LEAD LEVEL FOR CHILDREN FOUND, CDC director testifies to Senate hearing on continued comtaminaton from old lead smelter sites

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“No safe blood lead level for children has been identified,” Christopher Portier, director of the CDC‘s environmental health center, testified. Generations of children are growing up playing in the shadow of these lead smelting plants,” said U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. “Throughout the nation, the USA TODAY report shows lead contamination has had a devastating […]

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TCEQ / EPA UPDATE: 3 In A Row – Exide smelter still exceeding lead emission standards; Penalty being negotiated in EPA Formal Administrative Order for illegal discharges of pollutants into storm water

Arrow Up

For the third month in a row, TCEQ monitoring data shows that lead emissions from the Frisco lead smelter exceeded federal safety standards. May’s monitoring report showed .20 micrograms per cubic meter. The monitoring report for March was .19, and for April, it was .22 micrograms per cubic meter. The maximum legal limit is .15 […]

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MEDIA ROUND-UP – Unanimous approval for deal to shut down Exide lead smelter; Residents ask for City diligence and citizen participation to ensure proper closure, remediation

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DOWNLOAD MAYOR’S LETTER TO FRISCO CITIZENS REGARDING AGREEMENT WITH EXIDE   June 6 Green Source DFW Community Groups Make Their Voices Heard in Forcing Exide Plant Closure in Frisco June 5 KERA 90.1 FM Frisco’s Bill to Clean Up Exide – Audio included   June 4 CBS 11 Frisco Council OK’s Deal That Will Shutter […]

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READ THIS AND BE THERE! Get copy of proposed Frisco / Exide settlement agreement and resolutions and plan to attend Monday City meetings to vote on approval; Also plan to attend June 21 Public Hearing

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Share! Share! Share!   DOWNLOAD AND READ A COPY OF PROPOSED MASTER SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT HERE DOWNLOAD AND READ NOTICE OF JUNE 21 PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING PROJECTS RELATED TO PROPOSED MASTER SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT Special called meetings of the Frisco City Council, the Frisco Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) and the Frisco Community Development Corporation (FCDC) will be […]

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WHERE DO YOU LIVE? Map shows more than 38,000 Frisco children and young people live within Exide lead deposition report area

Frisco Census in Lead Deposition Plume

The Frisco’s Legacy of Lead Map – based on the lead deposition study by Frisco Unleaded – showed schools, residential areas, parks, entertainment and shopping areas, municipal assets, etc. located within the lead deposition plume. Ever wonder how many people of what age live within that same area? We did, too! The interactive Google map […]

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