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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 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 UPDATE: L.A’s toxic waste from Exide’s lead smelter mirrors environmental scandal in Black and minority communities across the U.S.

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ATLANTA BLACKSTAR L.A.’s Toxic Waste Outrage Mirrors Environmental Scandal in Black Communities Across the Country April 18, 2015 | Posted by Curtis Bunn An astonishing 91 percent of residents located within two miles of Los Angeles’ largest toxic waste area are African-American, meaning the pollutants that can cause cancer, heart and lung disease, asthma and other serious […]

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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 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 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 MUNCIE BREAKING NEWS: Exide agrees to settle lawsuit brought by U.S. and State of Indiana alleging violations of the Clean Air Act at Muncie smelter; Exide agrees to spend $3.9 million to install new pollution control equipment and to pay civil penalty of $820,000

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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  NEWS RELEASE U.S. and Indiana Settle Clean Air Act Case with Exide’s Muncie Smelter to Reduce Lead Emissions Release Date: 03/16/2015 Contact Information: Phillippa Cannon, 312-353-6218, cannon.phillippa@epa.gov (media only) Chicago (March 16, 2015) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Exide Technologies has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought […]

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

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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 VERNON BREAKING NEWS: More stories about Exide admitting criminal conduct regarding operations at its Vernon lead smelter and the permanent shut down and cleanup of the violation-ridden plant to avoid criminal prosecution

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Over the last year, federal authorities built what appeared to be a strong criminal case against Exide Technologies, the Vernon battery recycler that has long faced scrutiny for spewing lead and arsenic into neighborhoods in southeast Los Angeles County. Investigators found environmental crimes spanning two decades and documented the transgressions in hundreds of pages. Among […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: LA TIMES EDITORIAL — How was Exide allowed to pollute for so long and endanger so many people? (This question needs to be asked and applied to Exide-impacted communities across the U.S./world)

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LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL How was Exide allowed to pollute for so long and endanger so many people? Exide Technologies will immediately begin shutting down its embattled battery recycling plant in Vernon after reaching an agreement that allows the company to avoid facing criminal prosecution for decades of pollution. (Los Angeles Times) By THE TIMES EDITORIAL […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Community Press Conference TONIGHT to celebrate permanent closing of Exide’s Vernon lead smelter and to discuss the work ahead to be done to ensure Exide and the DTSC do a COMPLETE, THOROUGH AND TIMELY cleanup, not like what Exide has done/not done in communities across the U.S.

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TONIGHT – 7pm at 1271 S. Indiana St., Los Angeles, CA 90023 East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice EXIDE TO SHUT DOWN PERMANENTLY!!! The fight continues… Join us tonight for a Community Press Conference in East LA at the center of what has been described as the most impacted neighborhood. We will be celebrating, but […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUNDUP: FINALLY! — After decades of toxic pollution and contamination, Exide to permanently close violation-ridden Vernon lead smelter to avoid criminal charges in deal reached with U.S. Attorney

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“The reign of toxic lead ends today,” acting U.S. Atty. Stephanie Yonekura said Thursday. “After more than nine decades of ongoing lead contamination in the city of Vernon, neighborhoods can now start to breathe easier.” Under a deal between federal officials and the company, Exide acknowledges criminal conduct, including the illegal storage and transportation of hazardous […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS; Yes, Exide is breaking the law again and again and again and again; EPA finds 4 new violations of Clean Air Act, comes after 8 different violations found in January and ongoing investigation by EPA’s criminal division

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE EPA’S (REGION 9) MARCH 5 NOTICE OF 4 VIOLATIONS AGAINST EXIDE’S VERNON LEAD SMELTER

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Document offers closer look at agreement reached between Exide, State regulators

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CBS LOS ANGELES Document Offers Closer Look At Agreement Reached Between Exide, State Regulators BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — Lead-contaminated soil continues to be removed from the yards of homes near a battery-recycling facility in the wake of an agreement between state regulators and Exide Technologies. As part of the agreement, Exide has pledged $48 million to clean up […]

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