NEW YORK Exide Technologies said production at the
companys Reading, Pa., lead battery recycling plant has
not been impacted by a recent court ruling that remanded the
facilitys air permit back to the Pennsylvania Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board ruled last week
that the department erred by failing to properly
determine whether ... fugitive emissions could be
permitted when renewing the Title V air permit in
Exide did not demonstrate, and the department failed to
meaningfully determine before it renewed Exides Title V
permit, that Exides fugitive emissions are of minor
significance with respect to causing air pollution and that
they are not preventing or interfering with the attainment of
the ambient air quality standard for lead, the ruling
said. The department assumed without any scientific basis
for doing so, and without any data or meaningful numeric
estimates, that Exides fugitive emissions were
negligible and rather small.
The ruling noted that Exide is currently in the process
of making major improvements to its facility in Reading,
which will include the addition of a new overall facility
enclosure to capture fugitive emissions.
The ruling does not impact our operations in Reading or
any of our future plans previously announced, an Exide
spokeswoman told AMM. The permit was not revoked or
suspended and remains in effect as it did prior to the ruling.
We are operating in compliance with the permit and will
continue to do so. We will work with the Pennsylvania DEP going
forward, as we have done in the past.
The Milton, Ga.-based company announced in November that it
would idle the Reading plant by March 31, 2013, citing
the high capital investment needed, due to regulatory
requirements, to remain operational (
amm.com, Nov. 9
The company also said it would maintain the permitting for the
Reading facility, having adopted a similar approach for the
Baton Rouge, La., facility it idled in 2009.