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Exide smelter to stay idle until air rules met

Apr 10, 2014 | 12:51 PM | Lisa Gordon

Tags  lead smelting, battery recycler, Exide Technologies, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Exide Technologies Ltd. was dealt a double blow after a California court and regulatory agency both ruled that it cannot resume operations at its Vernon, Calif., lead smelting facility until it gains compliance with new air rules.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s hearing board on April 8 denied the Milton, Ga.-based battery recycler’s request for additional time to upgrade pollution controls at its facility. The agency issued a rule in January that required the company to achieve negative pressure at the facility—which means its pollution system must absorb any contaminants before they leak into the neighboring area—by April 10.

And Los Angeles Superior Court on April 7 denied Exide’s request for a preliminary injunction to block implementation of the new regulation (, Feb. 13).

Exide, which could not be reached for comment, said previously it was investing $5 million to upgrade the facility, bringing its total environmental and public health investments to more than $20 million since 2010 (, March 25).

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