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Exide lowers arsenic levels at lead smelter

Jan 08, 2014 | 06:33 PM |

Tags  Exide Technologies, lead battery, arsenic, South Coast Air Quality Management District, SCAQMD, Robert M. Caruso, lead smelter, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — Troubled battery maker Exide Technologies Ltd. said it has successfully lowered arsenic emissions at its Vernon, Calif., lead smelting facility.

The Milton, Ga.-based company cited a December report by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) presenting the latest source testing results that confirm a plantwide 95-percent reduction in arsenic emissions, which has been maintained since April.

"During the past year, we have implemented significant capital investments and operational changes to further reduce emissions and protect public health and we are pleased the district has reported improved results for our facility," Exide president and chief executive officer Robert M. Caruso said in a statement Jan. 7.

"While the facility’s emissions have improved substantially, Exide is committed to additional investments that will help us to further reduce emissions while allowing the company to continue playing a vital role in the new green economy—providing good-paying local jobs and fostering greater sustainability and recycling," Caruso said.

Exide’s Vernon plant was shut down in April after tests showed toxic substances were being released into the soil (, April 25). The plant was allowed to reopen after a temporary reprieve was granted by the Los Angeles Superior Court (, June 18).

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