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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: DTSC orders Exide to completely remove blast furnace feed material that Exide was supposed to have moved in May and is still storing in an unauthorized manner; DTSC says continued storage of the toxic material is not appropriate and removal is necessary to human health and the environment; DTSC gives Exide until July 8 to submit new plan that includes moving of hazardous material to facility authorized to accepted toxic waste (MAKE NOTE FOLKS IN MUNCIE, INDIANA); Exide update summary indicates that loose lead and other materials may already have been moved to Exide’s Munice lead smelter, and such must be done in accordance with an approved Closure Plan, BUT DTSC has not approved such a plan for Exide’s Vernon lead smelter

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DTSC is concerned that the feed material in the Blast Furnace Feed Room has not yet been completely removed. As stated in the letter dated May 13, 2015, DTSC has already determined that storage of this material is not appropriate and removal is necessary to protect human health and the environment. Storage of this material […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: California Department of Toxic Substances issues Exide a Notice of Deficiency for its proposed closure plan for its troubled lead smelter; DTSC details how Exide’s plan did not fulfill standards specified in the California Code of Regulations for closure of hazardous waste facilities

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On June 17, 2015, the California Department of Toxic Substances issued Exide a NOTICE OF DEFICIENCY FOR CLOSURE PLAN regarding the company’s proposed plan to close its troubled and toxic lead smelter. Exide submitted the plan on May 15. According to the DTSC: “The Notice of Deficiency is extensive. The Notice of Deficiency provides comments that […]

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On June 17, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control issued Exide a NOTICE OF DEFICIENCY FOR CLOSURE PLAN

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EXIDE BATON ROUGE UPDATE: Baton Rouge wants Exide to pay $1.9 million in unpaid taxes; Exide wants its bankruptcy judge to let it get away with not paying the owed taxes because it says claim is untimely and barred under its second bankruptcy reorganization plan

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Despite that notice, on Dec. 8, the city and parish issued a sales and/or use tax assessment for $1,925,202.17, according to Exide’s motion. The city and parish’s complaint sought East Baton Rouge Parish sales and/or use tax for the period January 1, 2006 to June 30, 2009 based on a 2010 audit. Law 360 Exide […]

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EXIDE MUNCIE, INDIANA BREAKING NEWS: Coalition of community and environmental groups challenge EPA’s proposed settlement with Exide for (once again) repeated violations of the Clean Air Act with its emissions of lead and other toxins

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Similar Exide facilities in Los Angeles and Frisco, Texas, have contaminated nearby communities with lead, leading to cleanups costing hundreds of millions of dollars and toxic tort claims exceeding $3 billion, the coalition told the U.S. Department of Justice. Last summer, an Exide consultant found lead in the ground water below the Muncie facility at […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: South Coast Air Quality Management District defends efforts to assess an additional $80 million in environmental penalties against Exide

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LAW 360 Calif. Air Regulator Defends $80M Exide Enforcement Action By Ben Conarck Law360, New York (June 18, 2015, 6:01 PM ET) — A California air pollution regulator backed its push to hit Exide Technologies Inc. with environmental penalties totaling up to $80 million in Delaware bankruptcy court on Thursday, dismissing the battery maker’s argument that the […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: 12 schools near Exide smelter to be tested for lead

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The state department of Toxic Substances Control has tested soil surrounding the homes, parks and private schools in the area, and preliminary results showed widespread contamination. CBS LOS ANGELES 12 Schools Near Exide Plant To Be Tested For Lead June 12, 2015 8:00 PM  BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — After a year of fighting, a dozen schools near […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: SCAQMD seeks at least an additional $20 million in civil penalties – bringing total to $80 million – in amended lawsuit against Exide for dozens of alleged violations of excess emissions of lead and arsenic and more; Exide asks its bankruptcy judge to block the claims

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REUTERS Exide says California claims an ‘end run’ around Ch. 11 Fri Jun 5, 2015 6:55am EDT BY JIM CHRISTIE Exide Technologies Inc has asked the judge in its bankruptcy case to block new claims in an environmental agency’s lawsuit in California that aim to increase penalties against the battery maker to at least $80 million. […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: California Senate approves SB 654 to increase oversight of hazardous waste facilities to help prevent irresponsible companies like Exide from knowingly contaminating neighborhoods, air, water and soil with lead, arsenic and other toxins

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NEWS RELEASE Senato President Pro Tempore Kevin de León’s Office Senate Approves Pro Tem’s Bill to Prevent Another Exide Disaster  Thursday, June 04, 2015 SB 654 Tightens Lax DTSC Oversight of Hazardous Waste Facilities SACRAMENTO – The Senate today approved a bill by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León to increase state oversight of hazardous […]

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EXIDE VERNON: DTSC tweets status of neighborhood properties cleaned up near Exide’s lead smelter

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EXIDE VERNON COMMUNITY MEETING NOTICE: Exide Technologies Advisory Group meeting set for Thursday, June 11, in Maywood; Recap of May 28 meeting

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Exide Technologies Advisory Group Meeting Advisory from the DTSC and SCAQMD The next meeting of the Exide Technologies Advisory Group, presented by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and South Coast Air Quality Management District, will be held on Thursday, June 11, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Maywood Academy High School Cafeteria, […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS – Community expresses frustration with lack of clarity in DTSC soil testing results; testing continues in neighborhoods near Exide lead smelter

STREETSBLOG LA.COM Testing Around Exide Plant Continues, Community Voices Frustration over Lack of Clarity in Results Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by Sahra Sulaiman “I still don’t have a clear picture of what the results [of the lead testing in the Expanded Assessment Areas] are,” said a representative of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. We were now nearly two hours […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: DTSC director apologizes to Eastside LA residents for agency failing to protect them from years of Exide’s toxic arsenic and lead emissions and deposition in soil and groundwater contamination

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EGPNEWS.COM DTSC Director Apologizes to Eastside Residents Process to close and clean up Exide facility will begin May 15. By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer [Updated: April 16, 12p.m.] “I’m sorry.” Two words Eastside residents never thought they would hear from the state agency charged with regulating a controversial Vernon-based acid-lead battery recycler found to have […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS (Updated): 2/3 of results from second round of soil sampling in neighborhoods near contaminated Exide lead smelter show lead levels above safe standards – like in first round of sampling in December — By May 15, Exide must present DTSC plan for safe removal of buildings on smelter site and for the clean up of hazardous waste, including soil and groundwater contamination

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CBS LOS ANGELES Results From More Soil Sampling Near Now-Closed Exide Plant Released May 6, 2015 11:05 PM Dozens of residents in the area gathered at Resurrection Church in Los Angeles to hear the results of more soil sampling. Soil from 146 properties was tested, including Terry Cano’s, whose soil tested above 1,000 parts per million. […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: (Excellent article!) At what point could the DTSC — California’s environmental protection agency — have stopped Exide’s blatant contamination of Vernon and surrounding communities with the long-time criminal operation of its toxic lead smelter? What lessons does DTSC say it’s learned? We believe similar agencies nationwide — from the municipal to the federal level — should pay attention and review their own actions regarding Exide

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She was referring to the impressive level of negligence on the part of the DTSC and other relevant authorities that allowed Exide (and its predecessors) to operate without a formal permit and largely with impunity for decades. As we recently charted here, Exide has repeatedly violated air quality and other standards by improperly storing lead-acid batteries, […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: TCEQ approves $2.45 million penalty against long-time serial polluter Exide for numerous hazardous waste violations at its contaminated and now closed Frisco lead smelter

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CLICK HERE TO READ MOTION FOR TCEQ’S AGREED ENFORCEMENT ORDER AGAINST EXIDE TECHNOLOGIES DALLAS MORNING NEWS TCEQ OKs $2.45 million penalty against Exide over violations in Frisco   This aerial photo from Exide’s Frisco facility earlier this month shows the crystallization unit on the left, a stormwater retention pond at the top and a wastewater […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: DTSC March – Spring 2015 monthly report about investigation, closure and cleanup of Exide lead smelter

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This update is issued monthly by DTSC to provide interested community members with information about the Vernon, CA Exide Technologies (Exide) facility. The Monthly Status Update summarizes the investigation, closure, and cleanup activities under California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) oversight that occurred through March 2015, as well as activities that are anticipated in […]

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EXIDE BANKRUPTCY BREAKING NEWS: Shareholders of bankrupt Exide ask judge to certify $2.7 million investor class action because Exide and a group of 10 Exide executives and board members knew that Vernon lead smelter was violating environmental regulations because it was leaking toxins and they concealed that in public statements and financial filings

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The plaintiffs, which includes both shareholders and senior note holders, allege that Exide and a group of 10 Exide executives and board members knew that the company’s Vernon, California, facility was leaking toxins and concealed this fact in public statements and financial filings, leading investors to buy shares at inflated prices. LAW 360 Exide Investors […]

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EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: Retiring Harley Davidson president and CEO named chairman of bankruptcy prone criminal polluter Exide Technologies

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MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL Harley-Davidson’s Wandell named chairman of Exide Technologies Keith Wandell is retiring May 1 as president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson Inc. / Andy Manis/Bloomberg Mar 31, 2015, 10:26am CDT UPDATED: Mar 31, 2015, 11:13am CDT Tom Held Reporter- Milwaukee Business Journal Email  |  Twitter Keith Wandell, the retiring president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson Inc., is […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: TCEQ files Agreed Order against Exide and charges company with more than $2.45 million in fines for six violations of storing and handling of hazardous waste at Frisco lead smelter site

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CLICK HERE TO READ PROPOSED TCEQ AGREED ORDER AGAINST EXIDE Exide faces $2.45M in state penalties as part of plan for former Frisco plant Vernon Bryant/Staff Photographer The Exide Technologies plant in Frisco, seen last week, shut down in November 2012. By VALERIE WIGGLESWORTH vwigglesworth@dallasnews.com Staff Writer Published: 30 March 2015 08:54 PM Updated: 30 March 2015 10:31 […]

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