Exide Technologies to upgrade battery recycling facilityNovember 2013
Exide Technologies, the electric battery company, is to invest more than $7m over the next two years to upgrade its Vernon battery recycling facility as part of a comprehensive agreement with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
The capital investments are designed to improve the Vernon plant’s compliance with environmental standards and reduce air emission levels well below regulatory health risk thresholds. As part of its community outreach efforts, Exide has agreed to fund a program in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Health Department that will offer voluntary blood testing to residents of Vernon and other neighbourhoods of Los Angeles. Exide also has begun testing soil and surface dust in the area around the plant for lead, arsenic and other metals to determine whether there is any health risk.
The agreement resolves issues stemming from a suspension order in April that shut down the Vernon plant for more than seven weeks.
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