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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 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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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Bankruptcy judge approves U.S. Justice Department’s $133 million nonprosecution agreement with Exide that requires company to admit its criminal conduct with operation of Vernon lead smelter and to close and clean up contaminated plant. Exide, now owned by JPMorgan Chase and other banks, can be prosecuted during the next 10 years for felony environmental offenses it committed during past 20 years if it fails to adhere to terms of Justice Department deal

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LAW360 Exide’s $133M No-Prosecute Deal OK’d In Pollution Row By Brandon Lowrey Law360, Los Angeles (March 27, 2015, 8:13 PM ET) — A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday approved a nonprosecution agreement between Exide Technologies Inc. and federal prosecutors requiring the company to admit to illegally handling hazardous waste at its Los Angeles-area battery recycling plant, and […]

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EXIDE BANKRUPTCY BREAKING NEWS: For second time in 13 years, Bankruptcy Judge Carey approves another Exide reorganization plan. Will JPMorgan Chase and the other banks that now own it and serial polluter Exide — that admitted decades of criminal conduct in an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department — continue the company’s long record of operations that pollute and contaminate and leave behind inadequate cleanups? Will Exide really appropriately clean up its highly contaminated, closed lead smelter properties and impacted neighborhoods in Frisco and Vernon? Will elected officials and regulatory agencies from the local to the federal level ensure Exide obeys laws and regulations, or look the other way like they did for decades? What about the communities of Muncie, IN and Forest City, MO, where Exide still has lead smelters in the U.S.? How will Exide’s reduced profile and poor community health/welfare/environmental record in the U.S. impact the foreign communities where it has operations?

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WALL STREET JOURNAL Exide Wins Bankruptcy-Court Approval for Restructuring Plan Cuts $600 million from company’s $1 billion debt and puts it under ownership of senior lenders By SARA RANDAZZO March 27, 2015 5:26 p.m. ET Battery maker Exide Technologies Inc. won bankruptcy-court approval on Friday to implement a restructuring that cuts $600 million from its $1 billion in debt […]

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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

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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 VERNON – California Gov. Jerry Brown’s environmental messages conflict with lax oversight of Exide – the state’s No. 1 toxic polluter – and veto of efforts to strengthen oversight of regulatory agencies charged to protect public health and environment

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THE SACRAMENTO BEE While promoting climate policies in Washington, Jerry Brown weathers fire at home BY DAVID SIDERS DSIDERS@SACBEE.COM Gov. Jerry Brown made national headlines in D.C. last week while his environmental stewardship was criticized back home. SUSAN WALSH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS One reason Gov. Jerry Brown flew to Washington last week was to promote California’s environmental […]

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VERNON EXIDE EDITORIAL: Exide to close, Now What? – Especially given decades of no or little oversight, enforcement from federal agencies, California Governor’s office to state and regional regulatory agencies

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EGPNEWS.COM Exide to Close, Now What? By EGP Editorial The U.S. Attorney’s announcement March 12 that it has reached an agreement with Exide Technologies to close its Vernon plant is certainly good news given the facility’s troubling history of toxic chemical emission and hazardous waste violations. The acid-lead battery recycler has been operating for nearly […]

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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 BREAKING NEWS: Blood testing for Exide Vernon neighbors extended for at least 5 years

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A blood test can be requested by calling Los Angeles county at (844) 888-2290.  89.3 KPCC – Southern California Public Radio Blood testing for Exide neighbors extended for at least 5 years Adrian Florido March 17, 07:13 PM A deal struck to force the closure of Exide Technologies’ battery recycling plant in Vernon includes money […]

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EXIDE VERNON SHUTDOWN UPDATE: Exide’s troubled history: Years of pollution, but few penalties

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CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide’s troubled history: years of pollution violations but few penalties By TONY BARBOZA MARCH 14, 2015 For decades, inspectors from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control dutifully recorded a long list of environmental infractions at the Vernon battery recycling facility now owned by Exide Technologies. They described […]

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