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EXIDE VERNON MEDIA ROUND-UP – Residents urge closure of Exide lead smelter during first SCAQMD hearing

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Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey), who represents many of the affected areas, called the company “one of the worst environmental polluters of lead and arsenic in California.” “Without board action … hundreds of thousands of local residents and their children will continue to be at risk of silently being poisoned by dangerous emissions,” she said. Natural […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Vernon City Council supports proposed new AQMD rule that would set stricter lead emission standards for large lead smelters like Exide, as well as establish arsenic emission standards for the first time. Exide Update page added to City’s website

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 In his letter to the AQMD, McCormick said he wants to “ensure that everything possible is being done by [AQMD] to protect the health and safety of our residents.” PAR 1420.1 would implement stricter air emission standards for large lead-acid battery recycling facilities. Currently, Exide Technologies in Vernon and Quemetco Inc. in the City of […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: Citizens group wants Frisco to remove all toxic waste from Exide lead smelter site; Frisco consultant says moving hazardous waste in soil to another location not preferred by City, unless its containment efforts don’t work

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Exide must also take steps related to a recent TCEQ notice of enforcement that found the company mishandled and improperly treated hazardous waste at the Frisco plant since 1998. Hazardous waste was first discovered in Exide’s landfill several years ago. The landfill is not permitted to contain hazardous waste. The main contaminants of concern are […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS – California state senators call for U.S. bankruptcy court to exempt personal injury claims by Vernon area residents from Exide’s bankruptcy proceedings; Oct. 31 deadline to submit proof if want to file claim for damages; Community meeting to discuss filing of claims to be held Oct. 21

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“Residents of Vernon and surrounding communities have been notified by the court that they have until Oct. 31 to submit proof if they want to file a claim for damages against Exide… Residents who have received a claim form regarding Exide’s bankruptcy may be interested in attending the next Resurrection Church Neighborhood Watch meeting in […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Coalition of East Los Angeles elected leaders seek role in Exide cleanup; Oct. 29 deadline to file objections to Exide’s stipulation with DTSC

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“Exide is using smoking doors and mirrors to hide the fact that it doesn’t want to spend the money to install emission control equipment that works and that is just not acceptable.” – Daniel Crespo, Mayor, Bell Gardens Vernon, California (PRWEB) October 14, 2013 “Exide must comply with DTSC and SCAQMD regulations,” said Maywood Councilmember […]

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EXIDE BANKRUPTCY UPDATE: Exide wants court to extend its period of exclusivity to May 31, 2014, for submitting reorganization business plan

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On September 26, Exide filed a motion with the U.S bankruptcy court to extend its period of exclusivity for submitting a Chapter 11 reorganization business plan from March 10, 2014, to May 31, 2014. There will be a hearing on the motion on Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. EST. Shortly after Exide filed for Chapter […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Judge to review order shielding Exide lead smelter from shutdown by regulators

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DOW JONES DAILY BANKRUPTCY REVIEW Judge to Review Order Shielding Exide Plant From Regulators   Last update: 9/24/2013 4:53:37 PM By Peg Brickley The California judge who earlier this year barred state environmental authorities from shutting down an Exide Technologies (XIDEQ) battery plant has signaled he’s ready to reconsider his decision. Judge Luis A. Lavin […]

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EXIDE BANKRUPTCY BREAKING NEWS: Court clears Exide to pay $16 million in bankruptcy bonuses

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DOW JONES Court Clears Exide to Pay $16 Million in Bankruptcy Bonuses 9-18-13 12:20 PM EDT By Yogita Patel Exide Technologies Inc. (XIDEQ) won court approval to pay more than $16 million in bonuses to employees to help ensure the battery maker is able to carry out its restructuring plan. Judge Kevin J. Carey of the U.S. Bankruptcy […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Blood lead level tests for residents need work; Value of tests near Exide lead smelter questioned

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THE DAILY TROJAN – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (OPINION COLUMN) Blood tests for Vernon residents need work By Valerie Yu · Daily Trojan Posted Yesterday (Sept. 16, 2013) at 7:48 pm in Columns, Opinion Recently, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services announced its plans to launch a blood test for lead poisoning to settle […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide will pay for blood lead level tests for South Los Angeles residents

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide plant will pay for blood tests for residents Los Angeles County health agency offers residents of areas near Vernon battery recycler free checks for lead contamination. More than 250,000 people in southeast Los Angeles could be affected by the Exide emissions, authorities say, though it is unclear if anyone has been […]

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EXIDE FRISCO NEWS: Frisco citizens group joins city’s own expert critical of Exide’s plan to clean up lead smelter site

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: The stories below  refer to information from a declaration William Wheatley (expert with environmental engineering consulting firm Cook-Joyce hired by Frisco)  filed in July with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware in support of the joinder the City of Frisco filed in support of the TCEQ’s motion to object to court approval of […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide asks bankruptcy court to halt $115 million putative class action suit over environmental hazards at Vernon lead smelter

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The class alleged in its April 25 complaint that the company was discharging toxic lead, hazardous waste, arsenic and other chemicals into the air and soil at its Vernon, Calif., plant. It claimed damages to the plaintiff and others living in Los Angeles County. The suit came the day after the company was forced to […]

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EXIDE BANKRUPTUCY UPDATE: Exide’s bankruptcy a gold mine for professional firms

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ATLANTA BUSINESS JOURNAL Atlanta company’s bankruptcy a gold mine for professional firms David Allison Editor- Atlanta Business Chronicle Aug 29, 2013, 6:14pm EDT Updated: Aug 29, 2013, 6:43pm EDT Professional service firms are getting a big financial jolt from the bankruptcy case of Atlanta battery maker Exide Technologies. Weighed down by debt, Exide, one of […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Prospect of Exide lead smelter getting clearance to keep operating worries neighbors, watchdog group

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That news makes Doelores Mejia angry. Mejia sits outside the public library in Boyle Heights, watching kids come to check out books. Regulators have warned her L.A. neighborhood, and the cities of Bell and Maywood, that Exide’s airborne pollution raises their risk of cancer. “They’ve told us what arsenic does to us, and lead,” she said, noting the threat to children, […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: CA state officials order Exide to begin testing dust and soil in neighborhoods around Vernon plant for lead, arsenic and toxic substances that pose community health risk

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide to begin testing for dangerous metals buildup in neighborhood Responding to Exide neighbors’ health concerns, California ordered Vernon battery plant to test for toxic substances in soil and dust. By Jessica Garrison August 27, 2013, 10:56 p.m. State officials have ordered a Vernon battery recycler to begin testing dust and soil in […]

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BREAKING NEWS: After EPA-driven revisions that would require regulators to be informed and clarification made that potential purchasers are responsible for remediation, judge allows Exide to sell or abandon contaminated properties without approval

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The federal government challenged Exide’s request earlier this week on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, saying that while the proposed sales process might be fine in most bankruptcies, it was troubling in a case in which the debtor owned upward of 60 potential contaminated properties. At a hearing in Wilmington, Exide counsel announced that […]

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Exide wins final approval of $500 million DIP loan over environmental objections

LAW 360 (Subscription Required) By Matt Chiappardi Law360, Wilmington (July 24, 2013, 8:52 PM ET) — A Delaware bankruptcy judge granted final approval Wednesday to battery manufacturing giant Exide Technologies’ $500 million post-petition loan over objections from environmental regulators who were worried the terms could prevent the company from responding to emergencies. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge […]

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BREAKING NEWS: U.S. government, EPA, and 10 states object to Exide’s request to sell or abandon certain assets – including contaminated property – without further approval from bankruptcy court; According to Exide, company owns more than 60 U.S. properties, many of which could require funding for environmental cleanup or compliance

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The U.S. government on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency filed an objection in Delaware bankruptcy court, contending that Exide’s request has the potential to include contaminated property and arguing that courts are not permitted to allow assets be abandoned without conditions protecting public health and safety. “While debtor’s motion might be appropriate in other […]

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EXIDE BANKRUPTCY UPDATE: Copy available of court-approved Final Order for Exide’s DIP Loan; Hearing transcript not available “remotely” until late October

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Click here to read PDF of approved Final Order for Exide’s $500 million DIP loan, etc.   According to this notice, a transcript of the hearing is available now only by going to the country clerk’s office in Delaware. “Electronic Remote Access” to the transcript will not be available until Oct. 24, 2013, unless extended by […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Judge gives bankrupt Exide final approval for $500M DIP loan despite objections from City of Frisco, TCEQ, 10 states, EPA, Department of Justice due to concerns that city, state and U.S. taxpayers will be left to pay for cleanup of toxic contamination at Exide facilities; Frisco cleanup costs now range between $15 million and $130 million; How will Exide deal with its environmental liabilities in this second bankruptcy?

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  Exide received final Bankruptcy Court approval today of its $500 million debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing provided by JPM Chase and a group of lenders to whom the DIP financing was syndicated. This final approval came in spite of objections filed by entities ranging from the City of Frisco, the TCEQ, environmental agencies from California, Florida, […]

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