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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 BREAKING NEWS: WHAT PART OF VIOLATION AFTER VIOLATION AFTER VIOLATION AFTER VIOLATION FOR DECADES DOES GOV. JERRY BROWN, ELECTED OFFICIALS AT ALL LEVELS, THE DTSC, THE SCAQMD AND THE EPA NOT GET? SERIOUSLY! — State Senate leader urges regulators to close Exide lead smelter in Vernon; Protecting neighborhoods/environment a matter of Life or Death

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Senate oversight hearing expected to focus on state regulators’ handling of Exide plant in Vernon State Senate leader urges regulators to close Exide plant in Vernon Boyle Heights resident Veta Gashgai, holding her son, at a news conference last year with other opponents of the Exide battery-recycling plant in Vernon. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles […]

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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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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Vernon-area residents accuse DTSC of Environmental Racism because of agency’s ongoing, knowing failure to permit Exide lead smelter, its ongoing failure to fulfill its responsibility to oversee and enforce long-time-on-the-books regulations to protect neighborhoods and health, and failure to keep Exide from continuously violating hazardous waste laws and more (just check out recent postings below)

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EGPNEWS.COM DTSC Accused of ‘Environmental Racism’ By EGP Staff Report Hundreds of people took to the streets of Vernon last week to call for the closure of Exide Techonologoes, an embattled lead-acid battery recycler in the city. “Stand by our side, shut down Exide,” chanted residents and environmental activists from Boyle Heights, Maywood and Huntington […]

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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

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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: Blood lead testing extended for residents near Exide’s Vernon lead smelter

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EGPNEWS.COM Lead Blood Testing Extended for Residents Near Exide Only 500 people have been tested so far. By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer Since hearing that elevated levels of lead were found in soil at Salazar Park in unincorporated East Los Angeles, Reina Rodriguez says she rarely takes her 4-year old son there to play. […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUNDUP: DTSC issues Exide 8 hazardous waste violations after site inspections of lead smelter during past seven weeks

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE DTSC SUMMARY OF VIOLATIONS AGAINST EXIDE But it probably stems from Exide’s long history of environmental negligence, having contributed “through deposition, approximately 424 lbs. of lead in both 2004 and 2005 and 712 lbs. of lead in 2006 to the watershed,” and the current charge that Exide had “failed to minimize the […]

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EXIDE VERNON – 2014 IN REVIEW: Pollution at Exide tops year’s list of stories

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LOS ANGELES WAVE 2014 IN REVIEW: Pollution at Exide tops year’s list of stories December 31, 2014 Written by:  Wave Staff Environmental activists protest outside Exide Technologies in Vernon last April, calling for state regulators to shut down the battery recycling plant if the emission problems at the plant can’t be solved. (Photo by Gary […]

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EXIDE VERNON MEDIA ROUNDUP – In 5 lawsuits, residents sue Exide officials over alleged exposure to toxins; suits claims Exide officials mislead public and environmental regulators about safety of lead smelter’s daily emissions into air and willfully endangered the health of children living nearby

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MYNEWSLA.COM Exide battery plant named in 3 more lawsuits POSTED BY COLLEEN PARK ON DECEMBER 24, 2014 Photo via Wikimedia Commons. Three more lawsuits were filed against several company executives and the manager of the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon by residents who allege they and their children were exposed to lead, arsenic and other contaminants. One […]

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EXIDE VERNON MEDIA ROUNDUP – Second phase of cleanup of lead-contaminated soil from homes near Exide lead smelter begins

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EGPNEWS.COM Exide Residential Cleanup Continues By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer On the quiet block of La Puerta Avenue in Boyle Heights, a small bobcat bulldozer was in high gear last week, removing dirt from homes where high levels of lead were found. At least one hundred wheelbarrows of tainted soil were removed from two […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: UPDATED – Bankruptcy judge approves Exide and DTSC’s deal; For now*, homes can be tested for lead, County supervisors explore legal options

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CLICK HER TO READ BANKRUPTCY COURT ORDER ALLOWING EXIDE TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENT WITH DTSC LASTREETSBLOG.COM Exide Settlement with DTSC Limits (For Now)* Homes that Can Be Tested for Lead, County Supervisors Explore Legal Options  Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Sahra Sulaiman Good news, good people of Maywood, Boyle Heights, and East L.A. who live within […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUNDUP: Los Angeles County official blasts ‘secret’ deal among Gov. Jerry Brown, DTSC and Exide; LA County Board of Supervisors approves motion to have attorneys consider legal options to force closing of Exide’s violation-ridden lead smelter and cleanup of nearby neighborhoods

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CBS LOS ANGELES Official Blasts “Secret” Deal Over Battery Recycling Plant LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Los Angeles County official Wednesday called for legal action against a battery recycling plant in Vernon which authorities say has operated without a permit for decades. Supervisor Gloria Molina held a rally outside the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration along […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health asks Southern California health educators to help promote blood lead screenings in East Los Angeles neighborhoods near violation-ridden Exide lead smelter

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SOCIETY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is responding to concerns about lead exposure in communities near the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in the city of Vernon, California.  Public Health is offering free, confidential Blood Lead Screening for any resident, student, employee, or childcare participant within an […]

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