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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: State not using available blood-test data that could help focus Exide cleanup efforts

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Blood-testing data have guided government responses to lead contamination elsewhere. In Flint, Mich., the state is using maps of children’s blood lead levels to target neighborhoods hardest hit by the city’s lead-contaminated drinking water. But in California, officials have been unable to launch a similar effort. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control said it […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Nearly every property tested so far in neighborhoods near Exide lead smelter is contaminated and will need cleanup; More than 99% of 1,000 homes tested to date by State and Los Angeles County have high levels of lead contamination

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89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio Exide: Nearly every property tested so far will need cleanup Elizabeth Aguilera March 22, 07:00 AM Members of the L.A. County Department of Public Health conduct soil tests in Commerce looking for lead contaminants left by the former Exide lead battery recycling plant in nearby Vernon. ELIZABETH AGUILERA/KPCC CLICK HERE […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: LA County tax assessor says he will review value of properties impacted by lead from Exide smelter weeks after announcing review of Porter Ranch properties

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Property owners with questions about the review can call the assessor’s office at (626) 258-6001. LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS Homes in Exide contamination area could see property tax relief Homes near the Exide Technologies plant in Vernon could see property tax relief, said the county assessor. (2015 photo by Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)  By City News […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC underestimates how many homes have been impacted by contamination from Exide’s lead smelter; Agency now says that up to 10,000 homes could be impacted, with possibly as many as 6,000 needing cleanup; Attorney: ‘It’s one of the largest public health disasters in the state if not the nation’



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EXIDE VERNON SHUTDOWN UPATE: Exide — and all of the impacted neighborhoods/communities — face a long, costly cleanup of closed Vernon lead smelter


DTSC spokeswoman Tamma Adamek said the agency will ‘hold Exide responsible for paying to clean up all areas that contain Exide’s contamination if additional information demonstrates the need.’ What if Exide does not comply? Exide could be prosecuted. Under the deal with the U.S. attorney’s office, the company admitted to two decades of criminal conduct […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: City of Frisco objects to serial polluter Exide’s vague bankruptcy reorganization plan because of concerns Exide officials have not ensured that enough money will be allocated to properly cleanup contaminated lead smelter facility, Stewart Creek, surrounding property

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CLICK HERE TO READ OBJECTION CITY OF FRISCO FILED ON MARCH 17 CLICK HERE TO READ OBJECTION CITY OF FRISCO FILED WITH BANKRUPTCY COURT IN JANUARY Below is an excerpt from the March 17 filing: For decades, Exide operated a lead recycling plant in Frisco,Texas. Several years ago, Exide shut down its operations there and sought to […]

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EXIDE VERNON SHUTDOWN UPDATE: Lead and arsenic removal from Vernon smelter site will take years; How to clean it up?


89.3 KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Exide Closure: Lead and arsenic removal from Vernon plant will take years Jed Kim March 13 2015 PHOTO BY C /CHARLENE VIA FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS AUDIO FROM THIS STORY – 1:02 – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Those excited by the agreed-upon permanent closure of the Exide battery recycling […]

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EXIDE’S NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OTHER COMMUNITIES: Exide SuperFund-designated plant in Greer, SC, finally being demolished 20 years after lead smelter was closed


The EPA designated this site a SuperFund site — SCD042633859 — but it was not originally placed on the the National Priorities List. In a November 21, 2014, filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Exide was listed as owner of this property, and stated that it is an unencumbered asset. GREERTODAY.COM Former Exide battery plant […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: LA Board of Supervisors send letter to California Gov. Brown blasting ‘piece-meal approach’, slow testing, cleanup of lead from Exide smelter; Seek review of DTSC actions that have allowed Exide to operate for decades without full permit and failed prosecution of Exide’s repeated serious environmental violations


“This piece-meal approach to an urgent environmental hazard violates the clear commitments made to the County and community leaders by DTSC,” the letter says. “County officials have repeatedly urged the State to prepare for recalcitrance by Exide and take the necessary steps to ensure that all 39 homes were tested and remediated without delay…  Supervisors […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS – Frisco officials see Exide lead smelter cleanup costs mount; City requests $1.5 million from State fund — total amount Legislature set aside for TCEQ cleanup fund from statewide fee — to help cover increasing costs of closed Exide site


Both agencies (EPA and TCEQ) must approve all the work that Exide does at the Frisco site, company officials said. The city has no official role in that process. Yet Frisco says it is putting in a lot of work to ensure the cleanup is done right. That includes producing its own detailed cost estimates […]

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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


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


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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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 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 FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: Frisco seeks to add fourth site contaminated by Exide lead smelter to cleanup operations


The latest site for cleanup sits along Stewart Creek between the city’s proposed Grand Park and Exide. It includes three tracts of land immediately west and south of the Frisco Discovery Center. The center is home to a Black Box Theater, art gallery and children’s science museum. The land is owned by the Frisco Community […]

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EXIDE FRISCO UPDATE: Citizen-led cleanup finds more battery chips from Exide lead smelter along Stewart Creek


Click here to see a video of some of the battery chips found in Stewart Creek.   DALLAS MORNING NEWS More Exide battery chips found along Frisco creek By Valerie Wigglesworth 4:20 pm on November 12, 2013 These were among the battery chips found during Saturday’s cleanup along Stewart Creek. (Courtesy Frisco Unleaded) Dozens […]

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EXIDE FRISO NEWS UPDATE: What to do with the toxic, harzadous waste from Exide lead smelter in Frisco?


CBS DFW What to Do With Exide Waste in Frisco? FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – The Exide battery recycling plant in Frisco has been shut down for a year. But some Frisco residents said that the fight is not yet over. The issue is what to do with the waste from the plant — bury it or […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: Frisco citizens speak out: “Complete removal of toxic waste from Exide lead smelter a must”


This should be an easy choice for our City Council. Frisco has a reputation of never skimping when it comes to quality of life issues. It shouldn’t start with the largest toxic pollution problem the town has ever faced. Yet the City Council is leaning toward building a new permanent toxic waste dump in the […]

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IMPACT ON PROPERTY VALUES UPDATE: Ever wonder why Realtors don’t seem to care as much about years of lead deposited in soil in neighborhoods, schoolyards, parks, creeks as they do about lead in paint? Ask them!

Exide Lead Smelter at Heart of Frisco


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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: Citizens group wants Frisco to remove all toxic waste from Exide lead smelter site; Frisco consultant says moving hazardous waste in soil to another location not preferred by City, unless its containment efforts don’t work


Exide must also take steps related to a recent TCEQ notice of enforcement that found the company mishandled and improperly treated hazardous waste at the Frisco plant since 1998. Hazardous waste was first discovered in Exide’s landfill several years ago. The landfill is not permitted to contain hazardous waste. The main contaminants of concern are […]

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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: TCEQ issues Notice of Enforcement for 10 violations against Exide’s Frisco lead smelter for mishandling hazardous waste as far back as 1998

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CLICK HERE FOR COPY OF SEPTEMBER 24, 2013, TCEQ NOTICE OF ENFORCEMENT FOR INVESTIGATIONS AT EXIDE’S FRISCO LEAD SMELTER  DALLAS MORNING NEWS Editorial: TCEQ action helps Frisco with Exide File 2012/Staff Photo Exide’s bankruptcy filing and disputes over dangerous materials found downstream have complicated the cleanup process. Published: 14 October 2013 08:26 PM Updated: 14 […]

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