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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approves creation of Task Force aimed at closing Exide lead smelter and identifying other industrial health threats

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LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS Los Angeles County creates task force to battle industrial pollution By Elizabeth Marcellino, City News Service POSTED: 03/11/14, 12:41 PM PDT | LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved the creation of a task force aimed at closing a battery recycling plant in Vernon and identifying other industrial […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: California Gov. Jerry Brown intervenes in Exide lead smelter case

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California Governor Jerry Brown Intervenes in Case of Exide Technologies  NEWS RELEASE FROM CONSUMER WATCHDOG Governor Jerry Brown today intervened in the case of Vernon lead battery recycler Exide Technologies that has threatened public health with hazardous emissions of lead. The governor discussed the case with regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUND-UP: Lead found in soil of homes, pre-school near Exide smelter; health alert issued – March 21 set as deadline for Exide to come up with plan to protect children and pregnant women

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CLICK HERE TO READ DTSC FACT SHEET ABOUT EXIDE LEAD CONTAMINATION OF SOIL  The state found that every home tested had lead contamination in the soil that exceeded California’s screening level of 80 parts per million. One home in Boyle Heights had samples above 580 parts per million. The preschool, which is farther north, was […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles County Supervisor proposes ‘toxic threat strike team’ to take action against Exide, others, when State fails to do so

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LOS ANGELES TIMES L.A. Supervisor Molina proposes ‘toxic threat strike team’ to take action against Exide, others when State fails to act The Exide Technologies plant in Vernon, Calif., which has been accused of endangering tens of thousands of people with its lead and arsenic emissions. (Christina House / For the Times / October 30, 2013) By Jessica GarrisonMarch […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS – Frisco accuses Exide of being in default of agreement

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CBS 11 NEWS Frisco Accuses Exide Of Being In Default of Agreement   February 25, 2014 7:36 PM Story by CBS NEWS 11 Reporter Jack Fink FRISCO (CBS 11 NEWS) – It’s been nearly two years since the city of Frisco and Exide Technologies agreed to shut down and demolish the battery recycling plant. But the CBS-11 […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS – Frisco, Exide clash over Stewart Creek cleanup

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DALLAS MORNING NEWS Frisco, Exide clash over Stewart Creek cleanup   By VALERIE WIGGLESWORTH Staff Writer vwigglesworth@dallasnews.com Published: 26 February 2014 10:53 PM Updated: 26 February 2014 11:13 PM Plans are in the works to clean up the Stewart Creek area downstream from the Exide Technologies plant. The plans — one from Exide and one […]

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EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: Two California Senate bills target permitting process for Exide’s Vernon lead smelter

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A $40 million lawsuit and two state bills are the latest additions to the arsenal of weapons being used to force Vernon-based Exide Technologies to clean up its act or be shut down. Numerous violations of state standards for toxic chemical emissions, including lead and arsenic, have placed the acid-battery recycler under heightened scrutiny and […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Air management district sues Exide for exposing tens of thousands of people to cancer-causing chemicals and failing to take timely action to address problems with pollution control systems

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“Exide has had a steady stream of operational problems that have resulted in excess toxic emissions,” said air district executive officer Barry Wallerstein. “These toxic emissions have exposed more than 100,000 residents to an unacceptable cancer risk and for that reason we are seeking to recover a significant penalty from them.” State Sen. Kevin de […]

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BREAKING NEWS: What can Vernon, East Los Angeles, Frisco, Muncie other communities contaminated by Exide learn now from Erin Brockowich and West Virginia’s water contamination crisis

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FOLLOW THIS LINK TO READ AND LISTEN TO AN INTERVIEW WITH ERIN BROCKOVICH IN WEST VIRGINIA BECAUSE OF THE FREEDOM INDUSTRIES’ CONTAMINATION OF THE STATE’S WATER SUPPLY, AND LEARN ABOUT WHAT CITIZENS ARE DOING.

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EXIDE VERNON: John Perez, speaker of California Assembly – “Exide plant a grim tale of harmful pollution”

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The story of Exide is a decades-long cycle of emissions violations, patchwork responses, and then business as usual. This time it has to be different. This time we have to end the cycle once and for all. Either Exide is regulated sufficiently so it cleans up its act and operates in a way consistent with […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Regulation tightens emission limits for arsenic, other toxins from Exide

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While the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is the agency that is supposed to deal with contaminated soil, DTSC is notoriously ineffective and can’t be relied on to protect the East L.A. community. So that leaves SCAQMD to do the work.  We and Communities For A Better Environment have suggested in our comment letters […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide — once again — exeeds lead limits

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide recycling plant exceeds lead limits again, officials say Amid air quality regulators’ efforts to temporarily shut down the Vernon plant, production is cut due to lead emission violations. Protesters rally at the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon last October. (Christina House, For The Times / October 30, 2013) By Jessica Garrison […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: California State Senate panel to hold hearing Jan. 15 on Department of Toxic Substance Control’s lax oversight of hazardous waste operations such as Exide’s Vernon lead smelter

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A Los Angeles Times investigation published last year found that the agency’s tracking system, required by state law, was so flawed that officials could not account for 174,000 tons of hazardous material shipped for disposal in the last five years. The Times also reported that the agency is often slow to act and ineffectual in […]

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VERNON EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: SCAQMD board hearing tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 10, to propose adoption of Amended Rule 1420.1 to reduce arsenic emissions and other key toxic air contaminant emissions from large lead smelter/lead-acid battery recycling facilities such as Exide’s troubled Vernon facility

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South Coast Air Quality Management Governing Board hearing to propose adoption of Amended Rule 1420.1 – Emission Standards for Lead and Other Toxic Air Contaminants from Large Lead-Acid Battery Facilities on January 10, 2014, originally scheduled for December 6, 2013. Proposed Amended Rule 1420.1 seeks to reduce arsenic emissions and other key toxic air contaminant […]

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EXIDE MUNCIE BREAKING NEWS: Exide to clean up pollution in Muncie, still faces unresolved notice of violation

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The company recently settled a notice of violation brought by the state that allegedly involved brown-colored, lead-contaminated water along a storage area and rail spur and dead vegetation near a ditch leading to a storm water outfall. The Muncie factory still faces a second, unresolved notice of violation concerning an alleged oil leak from equipment; […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: City of Vernon orders Exide to clean up high levels of hazardous waste found on streets, sidewalks and storm water catch basins, which exceed State levels for lead and arsenic, or face fines, jail

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EGPNEWS.COM Vernon Does About Face, Orders Exide to Clean Up Failure to comply could result in fines or jail time. By EGP Staff Report Following in the footsteps of the state Department of Toxic Substance Control, the city of Vernon has ordered Exide Technologies to clean up high levels of hazardous waste found on streets, […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS – Proposition 65 required warning about Exide lead smelter’s contamination of surrounding area

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Newspaper ad published today with Proposition 65 required warning of the contamination of areas surrounding Exide’s Vernon lead smelter. Please share! Also on Lead Free Frisco facebook page.  

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TIME TO STATE THE OBVIOUS: Exide’s and others’ ongoing toxic contamination of communities across the U.S. without significant consquences is due to total systemic failure of municipal, state, regional and federal agencies to meet their responsibilities to protect people and the environment. This LA Times special report documents failure at the state level…

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…Connect the special investigative report by The Los Angeles Times below with the great investigative work done by respected media organizations like USA Today and NPR and The Center for Public Integrity and Bill Moyers & Company, as well as the ongoing, ground-breaking research work being done by globally respected scientists such as Dr. Howard […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: Cleanup costs elusive more than a year after Exide’s closure in Frisco

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DALLAS MORNING NEWS  Cleanup costs elusive more than a year after Exide’s closure in Frisco By VALERIE WIGGLESWORTH Staff Writer vwigglesworth@dallasnews.com Published: 25 December 2013 10:52 PM Updated: 25 December 2013 11:08 PM Total costs to clean up contamination in Frisco are still up in the air more than a year after the Exide Technologies […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC issues Exide urgent emergency cleanup order because of at or near hazardous levels of toxic metals concentrations found in soil and dust samples; Concerns about rains washing toxins into Los Angeles River set Jan. 31 as deadline cleanup must be completed

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“DTSC considers the elevated concentrations of lead and other contaminants … an immediate threat to human health and the environment (i.e. the Los Angeles River),” regulators wrote to Exide, one of the world’s largest battery recyclers. Agency officials also noted in a separate memo earlier this month that “lead…and arsenic was detected in several locations […]

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