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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS/MEDIA ROUNDUP: EPA finds Exide source of harmful lead and finally issues company Notice of Violation for releasing illegal amounts of lead into the air, exceeding federal Clean Air Act standards for lead emissions on more than 30 occasions

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“By releasing an illegal amount of lead into the air, Exide has put the health and well being of nearby residents at risk,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “EPA and the South Coast Air Quality Management District are working closely to ensure the company comes into compliance with state and […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: Potentially hazardous waste from Exide lead smelter missing in Frisco

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CBS Dallas/Fort Worth Potentially Hazardous Waste From Exide Plant Missing In Frisco May 21, 2014 7:15 PM By Jack Fink FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – Exide Technologies has hired two companies to collect battery case fragments, and other potentially hazardous waste in Stewart Creek as part of the state-mandated clean-up. The city of Frisco says for more than 40 years, […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Waiting until after today’s hearing agenda was amended and finalized, Exide files motion to delay presenting bankruptcy reorganization plan to Court and stakeholders; Wants to maintain exclusivity in preparation of reorg plan. Hearing on request scheduled for July 2. Exide wants to delay plan presentation to Court until July 31 and to delay seeking stakeholder approval until Sept. 30. OBJECTIONS TO EXIDE’S REQUEST FOR A DELAY ARE DUE TO BANKRUPTCY COURT BY MAY 30. June 13 will mark one-year anniversary of Exide’s second bankruptcy filing in 12 years

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Waiting until after today’s hearing agenda was amended and finalized, Exide submitted a motion today to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to delay the deadline for the company presenting its bankruptcy reorganization plan to the court. A hearing on that request  is scheduled for July 2, 2014, 11 a.m. EST at U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 8224 Market […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide management decides to temporarily lay off 120 workers because of consequences of its long overdue efforts to come into compliance with on-the-books regional/state/federal laws and regulations

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KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Exide lays off more than 120 employees at Vernon plant                                                                               […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: (SEE CORRECTION IN POST) TCEQ denies approval of Exide cleanup plan and lists 34 reasons it believes Exide is cutting corners on required cleanup/agreement; Cites concerns about safety of water for drinking

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CORRECTION This story was originally reported in October, 2013 CBS 11 – DALLAS/FORT WORTH

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EXIDE VERNON – COMMUNITIES FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT: Washing our hands of Exide

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COMMUNITIES FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT Washing Our Hands of Exide Residents express their outrage during a community meeting hosted by the SCAQMD. Vernon, CA shares a dubious association with Frisco, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, Atlanta, GA and perhaps other cities: their soil, air, and water have been contaminated by the battery recycler, Exide Technologies. Vernon, […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Community members, elected officials hold rally calling for statewide action to address chronic polluters like Exide

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CBS LOS ANGELES Officials Rally At Vernon Recycling Plant Urging Action To Address Chronic Polluters April 14, 2014 10:58 AM VERNON (CBSLA.com) — Community members and elected officials from across Los Angeles and Riverside held a rally Monday calling for statewide action to address chronic polluters. The group gathered at 10 a.m. in front of Exide Technologies’ […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Statewide Call to Action – #Healthy Hoods not Toxic Hotspots Rally and News Conference – Monday, April 14, 10 AM, PST, Exide lead smelter – 2700 S. Indiana, Vernon, CA

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ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ALLIANCE AND COMMUNITIES FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT #Health Hoods not Toxic Hotspots Rally & Press Conference Monday April 14th at Exide! STATEWIDE CALL TO ACTION Join the fight to ensure No More Exides and win healthy hoods throughout California! April 14th at 10 am Exide, 2700 S Indiana St, Vernon […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: SCAQMD files second Order of Abatement petition again Exide lead smelter expressing concerns that if plant resumed operations, Exide would be even more likely to continue violating regional/federal lead emission standards. Agency cites that even with smelter shut down, Exide exceeded lead emission standards for 18 consecutive days in March/April, and officials called one of the violations “knowing, willful and intentional.”

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The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) today filed a petition with its Hearing Board seeking to prohibit Exide Technologies from activities that have caused violations of the agency’s ambient lead standard on 18 consecutive days.  “Exide’s facility is so contaminated with lead that they are causing violations of our ambient lead standard at […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS – Exide denied more time to reduce arsenic pollution

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KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Jed Kim | April 8th, 2014, 6:40pm A hearing board for the South Coast Air Quality Management District denied a request on Tuesday to allow the battery recycling company Exide Technologies more time to install pollution control devices at its facility in Vernon. RELATED: Exide Technologies FAQ: Everything you […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Free blood lead screenings underway for east and southeast Los Angeles residents who live within two miles of Exide lead smelter

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The lead emissions at a decades-old lead smelter operated by Exide Technologies Inc., which crushes and recycles used automotive and industrial batteries, are among the highest in the south-central U.S. EGPNEWS.COM Health Officials Urge Southeast Residents to be Tested for Lead Lead can cause health problems in adults and children. By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff […]

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EXIDE ATLANTA BREAKING NEWS — 26 years after closing plant, Exide still has yet to clean up contaminated soil on factory site, hinders redevelopment of Atlanta Beltline site

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Exide is still on the hook for cleaning up the site under a 2003 Environmental Protecting Agency agreement. But that’s complicated, too, as Exide recently entered bankruptcy. Its public relations firm did not respond to CL. Exide operated the facility from 1948 to 1988, according to the EPA. Between 2006 and 2008, the feds conducted […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: AGAIN?! WHY IS THIS BEING ALLOWED?? ANOTHER VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AIR QUALITY STANDARDS – WHERE IS THE EPA?! Excessive lead emissions detected at Exide’s violation-ridden lead smelter

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FROM SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT WEBSITE March 28, 2014 NEW Additional Notices of Violation have been issued to Exide. A total of 3 Notices of Violation have been issued – one for each day the 30-day rolling average ambient lead concentration at the “North East” monitor exceeded 0.15  micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) (March […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles County to begin offering free lead screening April 7 to residents living near Exide lead smelter

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Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the public health department, encouraged residents to take advantage of the free testing, and he again lashed out at the Exide operation and called for its closure. “Given the history of repeated violations at this facility, it is hard to understand why Exide Technologies has been allowed to continue operation […]

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EXIDE VERNON – LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL – Vernon’s Exide battery plant: An environmental wake-up call

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 There’s no clearer sign that state environmental regulators have failed to protect public health than the warning issued this month to parents living in the shadow of the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon: Don’t let children play in the dirt in your backyard…. The example of Exide must be a wake-up call to Gov. Jerry […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: With misgivings and real doubts, SQAQMD okays plan Exide claims will reduce health dangers from its lead smelter operations

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Barry Wallerstein, the executive officer of the air district, was not so upbeat about the announcement. He said that despite approving the plan, he has real doubts about Exide’s “ability and/or desire” to comply with emission rules designed to protect public health. He noted that the company has continued to rack up violations of air […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUNDUP: Angry residents urge state to shut down Exide smelter after high lead levels found in soil in nearby homes

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Angry residents confront state officials over Exide plant Neighbors of the Vernon battery recycler urge the state to shut it down after the discovery of high lead levels in nearby homes.   By Jessica GarrisonMarch 19, 2014, 10:38 p.m. Furious residents confronted state officials at a community meeting Wednesday night to discuss the […]

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EXIDE BATON ROUGE BREAKING NEWS: DEQ and EPA work on plan to do more testing, find “unknowns” near closed Exide site; community groups concerned widespread off-site pollution has been found at Exide facilities in other parts of the U.S., like Frisco

The executive director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Marylee Orr, said she is pleased DEQ is going to do more testing to look for potential problems because widespread pollution off the facility’s site is something that’s been found at Exide facilities in other parts of the country. “We feel they have a legacy of […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: After 5 months, still no blood tests for neighbors of Exide lead smelter

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KPCC – 89.3 – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO After 5 months, still no blood tests for neighbors of Exide Adrian Florido | March 12th, 2014, 7:03pm Maya Sugarman/KPCC Community members listen during a public comment session at a town hall meeting about the future of the Exide lead-recycling plant in Vernon. Listen Now [1 min 13 sec] […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Lead worries deepen near Exide lead smelter in Vernon

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Lead worries deepen near Exide plant in Vernon Discovery of potent neurotoxin in neighbors’ yards compounds fears of pollution from the Vernon battery recycler. Crystal Garcia, 26, is concerned about the safety of her children — Melonie, 4, left, and Jesse, 3 — since elevated levels of lead have been found in […]

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