Air quality agency sues Exide for $40M

Jan 21, 2014 | 02:24 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  Exide Technologies, South Coast Air Quality Management District, SCAQMD, Barry R. Wallerstein, lead, lead-acid battery, lawsuit, toxic emissions Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is asking Los Angeles Superior Court to impose up to $40 million in penalties on Exide Technologies Ltd. for numerous alleged air quality violations at its Vernon, Calif., lead smelting facility.

"Exide has had a steady stream of operational problems that have resulted in excess toxic emissions," Barry R. Wallerstein, the agency’s executive officer for the South Coast, said in a written statement. "These toxic emissions have exposed more than 100,000 residents to an unacceptable cancer risk and for that reason we are seeking....

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