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EPA EXIDE REPORT SHOWS TCEQ’S WEAKNESSES in protecting public from lead contamination in soil, water

“The Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Frisco, Texas, provides an unsettling example of how difficult it is to protect the public from industrial pollutants, like lead, and illustrates problems when the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the state’s environmental regulatory agency, concentrates efforts on air emissions only.” Read all of the excellent summary […]

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CONTAMINATED SOIL, DUST NEW PATHWAYS to lead poisoning in children; Risk increases in summer months

Exide has been poisoning Frisco’s air with tons of toxic lead emissions for more than four decades, and it is known to have some of the highest lead emissions in the United States. But it’s not just the air that Exide has made toxic and dangerous, it is the land and soil surrounding the smelter.  […]

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More Exide EPA Report Photos Slideshow

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Exide EPA Report #2: Treatment tank leak

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EPA INSPECTION/REPORT IDENTIFIES CONCERNS at Exide lead smelter in Frisco; Get copy of EPA Report, see photos

State and federal regulators inspecting the plant near downtown Frisco identified multiple issues related to the company’s on-site landfills, storm-water runoff and waste disposal. Among the most significant were high levels of heavy metals along the banks of Stewart Creek, which runs through the plant property. The Environmental Protection Agency found lead levels in one […]

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MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD: TCEQ to start taking public comment Friday

Here is an excellent opportunity for you to let the TCEQ know what you think about its proposed Agreed Order dealing with Exide’s continuing emissions of lead and other toxic chemicals in our community. Public comments will be accepted online by clicking here. People can also send their comments by mail to Holly Brightwell, MC […]

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WHAT DO YOU THINK? SB 1475 vs. Proposed Agreed Order

Ever wonder what the difference is between what was proposed in Sen. Florence Shapiro’s SB 1475 to get Exide to reduce its lead emissions and the proposed Agreed Order that replaced the it? See the PDF version here!. Then let us know what you think!

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OPEN LETTER TO MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL: Get the LEAD Out of Frisco! is here! MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND JUNE 23 COUNCIL MEETING

(This is a copy of the letter that Get the LEAD Out of Frisco! Co-chairwoman Joy West will present in person at this week’s City Council meeting. You can get a PDF copy this letter here. And please plan to support Joy and Get the LEAD Out of Frisco! at this Thursday’s (June 23) City […]

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Citizens express concerns about Exide staying in Frisco at public meeting

In her story about Exide Technologies’ first public meeting to address community concerns about the plant’s lead emissions and non-attainment status, Dallas Morning News reporter Valerie Wigglesworth wrote: “The questions were heated at times. Emotions ran high. And there was a round of applause each time a speaker suggested the plant didn’t belong in Frisco […]

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“Citizens are scared”, Mayor Maso testifies; Cancer cases to be monitored

From an April 8, 2010, story in the Dallas Morning News: “Frisco Mayor Maher Maso said some businesses have opted not to move to his Collin County suburb and sales contracts on homes have been canceled because of concerns about emissions from a lead smelter near downtown. His admission came Thursday during testimony before a […]

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Big gap between City’s pledge, proposed TCEQ Order to allow Exide to meet only minimum standards for polluting air with lead emissions

The recently proposed Agreed Order between Exide and TCEQ requires Exide to meet the MINIMUM National Air Quality Standards versus Frisco City Council’s stated objective to “assure that the Exide plant is the most environmentally advanced plant in the country or (it will) lead the efforts to stop its operation.” There is a large performance […]

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Dallas Morning News: Frisco Residents Showing Increasing Concern About Lead Emissions

Written by Valerie Wigglesworth, DMN staff writer and published on April 3, 2011, the story reveals the growing concern among Frisco residents about the level of lead emissions and resulting air and soil contamination coming from Exide’s plant. Regarding Frisco, the story notes that “lead released into the air is measured by the ton.” Also, […]

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Dallas Morning News: Exide’s Frisco Plant to Make Changes to Reduce Lead Emissions

Written by Valerie Wigglesworth, DMN staff writer and published on April 1, 2011. Follow the green link below to download a copy of the full story. Exide’s Frisco plant to make major changes to reduce lead emissions-1

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Call in tonight to ask City officials about Exide

The City of Frisco’s Town Hall meeting set for tonight not only will give residents the opportunity to hear staff updates about progress on the Exide plant and find out more about the role Exide plays in the City’s legislative agenda, but also – for the first time – to call in and ask questions […]

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Frisco High School Ranks Among Highest in Ranking of U.S. Schools Exposed to Lead, Toxic Chemicals; 37 Frisco School Cited in Report

Frisco High School Exposure to Lead/Toxic Chemicals

In the USA Today Special Report, “The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America’s Schools“, Frisco had several schools rank within the top 15th percentile – Frisco High School ranked in the 2nd highest percentile – for the schools in the U.S. with the most toxic air. USA TODAY used an EPA model to track the […]

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