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U.S. Battery agrees to $167,000 EPA settlement

Keywords: Tags  lead, U.S. Battery Manufacturing, lead-acid battery maker, EPA, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — U.S. Battery Manufacturing Co. has agreed to pay $167,000 in fines and upgrade its air filtration system at its Corona, Calif., facility to settle alleged federal Clean Air Act violations.

The fine resulted from the company’s failure to comply with federal emissions monitoring and reporting requirements, including testing of its lead emissions control devices, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

After failing to provide a thorough response to an information request in 2010, investigators found that the lead-acid battery manufacturer didn’t perform semi-annual inspection and maintenance or test its air pollution control devices.

U.S. Battery has agreed to install secondary high-efficiency air filters to capture additional lead particles.

A company spokesman didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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