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Exide allowed to reopen Calif. recycling plant

Keywords: Tags  Exide Technologies, Vernon, recycling plant, Chapter 11, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, DTSC, environment, Los Angeles Superior Court batteries

NEW YORK — Troubled battery maker Exide Technologies Inc. has been granted a temporary reprieve that prevents California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) from enforcing an order to suspend operations at the company’s Vernon, Calif., recycling plant.

DTSC issued the order April 25 after receiving reports of arsenic emissions from Exide’s operations and ongoing subsurface releases from degraded underground pipes (, April 25), saying the order would not be lifted "until Exide demonstrates it can operate without posing a significant health risk and until it stops releases of hazardous waste into the soil."

"We are disappointed that the (Los Angeles) Superior Court granted Exide’s application for a temporary restraining order," DTSC said June 17. "We look forward to the opportunity to present our case at the hearing for a preliminary injunction on July 2 as to why Exide’s hazardous waste authorization should be suspended."

"Exide is pleased with the Los Angeles Superior Court order," an Exide spokesman told AMM in an e-mail. "The company is taking appropriate steps to reopen its facility in compliance with the court’s order."

The news came on the heels of several months of turmoil for Exide, including a June 10 announcement that the company had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (, June 10).

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