Exide ordered to clean up toxins near Calif. plant

Dec 20, 2013 | 11:55 AM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  Exide Technologies, Department of Toxic Substances Control, DTSC, Vernon smelter, lead smelter, recycling plant, California plant, junk batteries lead

NEW YORK — Troubled battery maker Exide Technologies Ltd. has been ordered to perform an emergency clean-up of dust, soil and sediment near the company’s Vernon, Calif., lead smelting facility.

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued the order after laboratory analysis showed elevated levels of lead and other contaminants in soil surrounding the recycling plant that pose "an immediate threat to human health and the environment ... that will require implementing emergency response interim measures."....

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