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BREAKING NEWS: Exide allowed to reopen troubled Vernon smelter pending July court hearing

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Battery recycler Exide Technologies allowed to reopen pending hearing Exide Technologies, one of the world’s largest makers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries, said in court papers that since the plant’s April 24 closure by state regulators, the Georgia company has had to tap other sources of lead, driving up costs and cutting […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Three-day administrative hearing that will impact re-opening of Exide’s Vernon plant begins; community health risk meetings find citizens want Exide to clean up or shut down

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(A three-day hearing on Exide’s Notice of Defense regarding the temporary closure of its Vernon lead smelter will be held June 3-5, 2013. The hearing will be in front of an administrative law judge. The hearing is open to the public, but no public comment will be accepted. The outcome of the hearing will impact […]

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BREAKING NEWS: CONSUMER WATCHDOG REPORT – New documents reveal California’s top toxics regulator knew of Exide safety risks for years

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From Consumer Watchdog’s “About” page:  “Consumer Watchdog is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics. We deploy an in-house team of public interest lawyers, policy experts, strategists, and grassroots activists to expose, confront, and change corporate and […]

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BREAKING NEWS: LA City Council votes unanimously to back investigation into why Exide’s Vernon lead smelter cited for arsenic pollution has been allowed to operate with temporary permit for more than 30 years; asks city attorney to lay out plans for possible legal action against Exide or to compel state to protect public from potentially dangerous levels of lead and arsenic

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(See stories below from the Los Angeles Times, CBS Los Angeles and EPG & City News Service, as well as links to information about the Exide Vernon lead smelter and its levels of toxicity provided by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and to updates on the suspension of Exide’s Vernon plant, provided by […]

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