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FRISCO UPDATE: Exide sets May 9 for public meeting to discuss demolition of Frisco lead smelter

May 9, 2013

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BREAKING NEWS: Bloomberg – Exide Technologies Bonds Fall to Record Low After Plant Closing


Bonds of Exide Technologies (XIDE), a lead-acid battery producer, plunged to the lowest level ever after California regulators ordered it to close a recycling unit because of health risks. The company’s $674.2 million of 8.625 percent, first-lien notes due February 2018 dropped 4 cents on the dollar to 65 cents to yield 20.5 percent at […]

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NEWS UPDATE / MEDIA ROUND-UP – California suspends operations at Exide’s Venon, CA plant because it “poses an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment”


 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ORDER TO SUSPEND EXIDE VERNON’S OPERATIONS STATEMENT TO READ FULL STATMENT, CLICK HERE  CBS LOS ANGELES Vernon Facility Shut Down Over Lead, Arsenic Emissions VERNON ( —The state issued an emergency order forcing a recycling plant in Vernon to shut down after tests show it may have poisoned groundwater and […]

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Law firms filing class action lawsuits against Exide and certain officers on behalf of shareholders, investigating potential claims against board of directors due to issues including arsenic emissions from Vernon, CA plant and financial reporting


On March 22, 2013 the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) (air pollution regulation agency for all of Orange County, CA, and the Los Angeles urban area) announced it had reviewed and approved a health risk assessment from Exide Technologies showing that its Vernon facility is causing a potential health impact to residents in […]

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BREAKING NEWS: California Assembly Speaker calls for immediate action to be taken regarding threats to public health from Exide’s Vernon, CA plant


Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez today called on the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to take immediate action regarding the threats to public health from the Exide plant in Los Angeles. In a letter to DTSC Director Debbie Raphael, Speaker Pérez, who represents residents jeopardized by emissions from the plant, called for an […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles City Council committee asks City Attorney to explore legal action against Exide for toxic plant emissions; inquires about employee cancer rate


By Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou, City News Service The City Council’s Energy and Environment Committee instructed the City Attorney’s Office and staff Wednesday to report back on how the city can take legal action against Exide Technologies, owners of a Vernon-based battery recycling facility recently cited for emitting potentially harmful levels of arsenic into nearby neighborhoods. […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Exide stock falls to $1.37 amid reports it has hired firm to advise on restructuring


From Bloomberg/Businesweek: Exide Technologies (XIDE), a maker of lead- acid batteries, dropped the most in almost nine years after Debtwire reported it hired Lazard and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to advise on a restructuring. Exide sank (XIDE) to $1.37 at the close in New York for the biggest one-day decline since April […]

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LA City Council irate over Exide’s arsenic emissions; Agency report states Exide’s plant’s cancer risk higher and affects more people than any of other 450 area facilities


From The Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles City Council members Wednesday expressed fury at recent revelations that arsenic emissions from a battery-recycling plant in nearby Vernon pose a danger to as many as 110,000 people, and called upon the city attorney to look into possible legal action. “I’m outraged. I’m appalled,” said Councilman Jose Huizar, […]

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Exide’s Vernon, CA, plant poses danger, told to reduce emissions,0,2002688.story  A battery recycling plant in Vernon is being told to reduce its emissions after recent tests showed it is posing a danger to as many as 110,000 people living in an area that extends from Boyle Heights to Maywood and Huntington Park. The South Coast Air Quality Management District announced late Friday that Exide Technologies, […]

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Old factories may stick taxpayers with cleanup costs

From USA Today: Making polluters pay for cleanups is a cornerstone of environmental laws. But in the case of old smelter sites, some firms have either reorganized or used bankruptcy to shed financial responsibility. PHILADELPHIA – Several companies manufactured lead for more than 140 years at a massive factory surrounded by homes in the city’s […]

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Want even more info about the effects of lead in North Texas? Take a look at The Burden of Lead

lead_animation has a great resource for lead issues that are affecting our community. It features stories about communities affected by lead, photos and videos, and documents from the CDC and EPA ranging from what people need to know about lead to reviews about Superfund sites. Click here to take some time to look at it […]

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The Burden of Lead: West Dallas deals with contamination decades later


From By VALERIE WIGGLESWORTH The low-income neighborhood of older wood-frame homes in West Dallas is a far cry from the suburb of newly built brick houses in Frisco 30 miles to the north. But the two North Texas communities share a bond: Both were contaminated by industrial lead for nearly half a century. 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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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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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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CONNECT THE DOTS TO EXIDE AND FRISCO: Ghost Factories, Poisoned Places and Toxic Schools

Smelters and Lead Poisoning_ Ghost Factories -

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

Mill River in Connecticut  polluted by Exide

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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