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BREAKING NEWS: MEDIA ROUND-UP – Exide’s Frisco lead smelter likely to close by Dec. 31

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A positive step forward… DOWNLOAD AND READ COPY OF OFFICIAL STATEMENT HERE   June 3 CW33 Frisco City Leaders Prepare to Vote on Agreement to Close Exide Plant   June 1 KERA 90.1 FM Frisco Citizens Applaud Exide Closing (audio included)   D Magazine – Front Burner Retail Wealth Lets City of Frisco Buy Out […]

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PLEASE SHARE NOW! – Frisco City Council to meet TONIGHT in closed session to discuss Exide; Possible open, public session if decisions made

This is from DMN Frisco Blog: “The Frisco City Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. today to discuss legal issues surrounding the Exide Technologies plant. The discussions will be in closed session. If any decisions are to be made, the council will convene in open session. No specific votes are listed on […]

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BREAKING NEWS: KEEP IT UP, FRISCO CITIZENS! Your voices MATTER! TCEQ pulls proposed Exide SIP/Agreed Order from upcoming vote because of citizens’ many doubts, concerns

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(It’s very important to remember the EPA sent the first SIP/Agreed Order proposal that the TCEQ and Exide crafted together back for revisions because of flaws. And, because of public comments regarding weaknesses/omissions in the TCEQ/Exide proposed plans that were received during a hearing held in Frisco last summer, the TCEQ made additional corrections. BUT […]

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BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUND-UP – CDC significantly lowers blood level for lead poisoning in young children

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that lead poisoning – which is detected through a blood test – will now be defined as 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood,  half of the 20-year-old action level standard of 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood. Download and read the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead […]

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BREAKING NEWS: TCEQ monitoring reports – Exide lead emissions still higher than law requires / What is City waiting on?

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In its latest update to its monitoring of Exide’s lead emissions, the TCEQ reports that the Frisco lead smelter failed to meet legal limits for lead emissions two months in a row. The three-month rolling average for March was .19, and for April, it was .22 mircograms. The maximum legal limit is .15 micrograms. Historically, […]

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CONNECT THE DOTS / MEDIA ROUND-UP: Thanks to TCEQ, Frisco’s Lead Legacy continues; Exide gets 14 more months to dump another ton of lead over Frisco

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The TCEQ’s most recent proposed Agreed Order extends the deadline Exide has to bring basic controls and maintenance procedures up to minimum standards for lead emissions by 14 months, from this November to January 2014. If the Agreed Order is approved by TCEQ commissioners on May 30, the agency will essentially have given Exide permission […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Senators call for EPA inquiry into lead smelter sites

If you read our latest CONNECT THE DOTS package, then you read USA TODAY’S investigative report: “Ghost Factories: Poison in the Ground”. Because of that report, several U.S. senators now are calling for the EPA to initiate an inquiry in to lead factory/smelter sites. In a letter sent Wednesday to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the […]

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FRISCO’S LEGACY OF LEAD MAP: 150 tons of lead deposited over Frisco since Exide lead smelter opened

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CLICK ON THE MAP ABOVE TO DOWNLOAD A FULL, TWO-PAGE PDF COPY THAT INCLUDES A LEGEND OF LOCATIONS IN FRISCO AND PLANO. To learn more about the Frisco Unleaded citizens group lead deposition study on which the map is based, click here. And read a Media Round-Up about the study here. Also, more than 38,000 […]

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CONNECT THE DOTS TO EXIDE AND FRISCO: Ghost Factories, Poisoned Places and Toxic Schools

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According to the Frisco Unleaded citizen’s  group study released last week, Frisco is a community with a significant toxic lead dust legacy that will only grow as long as Exide continues to operate and spew a lead-arsenic-cadmium-dioxin laced cocktail into the heart of the community. And if you read the excellent, incredibly comprehensive investigative work […]

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NEWS REPORT: Lead dust is linked to violence

Lead Dust Exposure Linked to Violence

NEWS RELEASE FROM TULANE UNIVERSITY April 17, 2012 Childhood exposure to lead dust has been linked to lasting physical and behavioral effects, and now lead dust from vehicles using leaded gasoline has been linked to instances of aggravated assault two decades after exposure, says Tulane toxicologist Howard W. Mielke. Vehicles using leaded gasoline that contaminated […]

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MEDIA ROUND-UP – Citizens Group Report: Exide smelter has deposited more than 150 tons of toxic lead dust over Frisco

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UPDATE: More than 38,000 Frisco children and young people under the age of 19 live within the area included in the recent lead deposition study. Click here to go to interactive map showing the 31 census tracts included in the report area and to get a breakdown on the population of each of the tracts […]

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Exide refuses to apply for required permit; Board of Adjustment unanimously denies lead smelter’s preliminary site plan, final plat applications

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Below is a copy of a story about last night’s Frisco Board of Adjustment meeting by Dallas Morning News reporter Valerie Wigglesworth. One very important fact that needs to stated and understood, as it seems to be overlooked repeatedly for some reason in stories reported by the Dallas Morning News and other media outlets, and […]

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TAKE ACTION TOMORROW: Send Frisco some LOVE in a Community Valentine – Show up and show support at Planning & Zoning Commission meeting!

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YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED TOMORROW NIGHT to show support for the Frisco city staff’s recommendation to deny Exide Technologies’ applications for a preliminary site plan and final plat. This meeting and your presence and voices of support are key to building and strengthening the local community movement to demonstrate that Exide and its lead smelting […]

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EXIDE’S NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OTHER COMMUNITIES: What lessons can Frisco learn from Connecticut towns?

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Negative economic impact on Connecticut communities 31 years and counting AFTER Exide plant was shut down: While Exide closed its troubled Southport, CT, plant in 1981 (it had been in operation since 1951), and didn’t tear down the plant until 2005, just now have plans been finalized to begin cleaning up Mill River. Exide has […]

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BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA REPORTS: City Council denys Exide appeal; votes to set compliance date for non-conforming use

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The Frisco City Council demonstrated Tuesday night that it was listening to the diligent and determined voices of citizens when it unanimously voted to deny Exide’s appeal of the Planning & Zoning Commission’s vote to deny the company’s vested rights petition for almost 5o-year-old lead smelter. The Council took another unanimous vote to direct the […]

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CITIZENS’ VOICES GETTING THROUGH? – City Council to consider Exide’s vested rights appeal; vote on legal counsel

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After months of expressing their increasing concerns about the negative impact of Exide’s aging, poorly maintained lead smelter continuing to operate in the very heart of the community, tonight’s City Council meeting will indicate to Frisco citizens whether their elected representatives are actively listening and how serious they are about repeated, publicly made promises to […]

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BREAKING NEWS: CDC Advisory Committee Report: Low Level Lead Exposure Harms Children; Calls for lowering blood lead levels, more prevention

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January 4, 2012 – In a decision described as “historic,” an expert advisory committee to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted today to recommend a significant change in the level at which children are considered to have too much lead in their blood. The change will increase the number of children […]

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REPORT: Teen hearing problems linked to low blood lead levels

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“A blood lead level greater than or equal to 2 µg/dL (micrograms per deciliter of blood) compared with less than 1 µg/dL was associated with increased odds of high-frequency hearing loss” — Report – “Heavy Metals Exposure and Hearing Loss in U.S. Adolescents” Teenagers exposed to lead – in air, soil, water, and paint – […]

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NEWS UPDATE: Planning & Zoning Commission Unanimously Rejects Exide’s Petition

BELOW ARE MEDIA REPORTS BY KERA and the Dallas Morning News, respectively, about the Planning & Zoning’s unanimous decision last night to reject Exide’s vested rights petition, and to require that the lead smelter adhere to current Frisco zoning laws. KERA Listen to and read the report by BILL ZEEBLE   DALLAS MORNING NEWS By […]

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TAKE ACTION TODAY: 7 key reasons to attend Planning & Zoning and City Council meetings TONIGHT, Dec. 27!

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#1 – If you believe that the present and future health and welfare of the residents and community of Frisco are more important than Exide Technologies continuing to operate an aging, poorly maintained lead smelter in the heart of the community that daily spews a highly toxic cocktail of chemical “dust” – including lead, arsenic, […]

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