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Exide Battery Plant Cleanup Costs Pushing $400M

Another $2 million has been designated to clean up contaminated soil around the now-closed Exide Technologies battery recycling facility in Southern California. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the $2 million funding request and blasted the state, which it says “continues to drag its feet” in … Read more »

Exide to Close Battery Recycling Plant, Pay $50M for Clean-Up

Battery manufacturing company Exide Technologies will permanently close its battery recycling facility in Vernon, California, and pay $50 million to cleanup the site and surrounding neighborhoods, which have been polluted by environmental toxins for almost a century, following an agreement reached with the US Department of Justice. The company admits … Read more »

Exide to Pay $38.6M, Clean Up Lead Contamination

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control has ordered battery recycling company Exide Technologies to set aside $38.6 million to close its Vernon facility and clean up lead contamination in the surrounding community. The enforcement order is an increase of more than $27.5 million over the previous amount. In addition, … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Linde, Goodyear, VW, Toyota, Frito-Lay

Linde is completing the first retail hydrogen fueling station it will operate in the US. The station, which is expected to be online before the end of the year, is being installed at the Ramos Oil multi-fuel station in West Sacramento, California. Goodyear has introduced the most fuel-efficient long haul drive … Read more »

Battery Recycler Seeks to Expand Production 25%

One of California’s two lead battery recyclers, Quemetco, is seeking to expand its production by 25 percent while the state’s second such company, Exide Technologies, attempts to reopen, Southern California Public Radio reports. Only two lead battery recyclers have been operating west of the Mississippi in recent years, according to … Read more »

Battery Recycler Emitting Harmful Lead Emissions

The EPA says Exide Technologies’ battery recycling facility in Vernon, Calif., has violated the Clean Air Act’s lead emissions standards on more than 30 occasions. The federal agency’s investigation of the facility is ongoing. The EPA says its review of data collected from air quality monitors at locations on or … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: IPCC Report, Carbon Tax, EPA and Duke Energy

A draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, likely to shape climate talks for years to come, makes the starkest warnings yet about global warming’s effects, the AFP says. The report will be formally published March 31. The EPA will join the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural … Read more »

Battery Recycler Cuts Arsenic Emissions 95%

Exide Technologies says a South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) report confirms it has reduced arsenic emissions 95 percent at its battery recycling facility in Vernon, Calif. Since identifying elevated emissions levels early last year, the company has invested in plant upgrades and emissions control technologies. A SCAQMD report … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: West Fertilizer Explosion, TX Agency Appeals its Own Win

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $118,300 in penalties for Adair Grain, the operator of West Fertilizer Co., whose West, Texas fertilizer plant exploded in April, killing 15 people and injuring more than 160. OSHA cited Adair for 24 safety violations including unsafe handling and storage of chemicals. … Read more »