Troubled battery maker Exide Technologies Ltd. has again been
cited by Californias South Coast Air Quality Management
District (AQMD) for alleged air quality violations at its
Vernon, Calif., battery recycling facility.
On Sept. 18, an air
monitor on the north end of the facility exceeded a 30-day
average ambient air lead concentration of 0.15 micrograms per
cubic meter, according to the AQMD.
The agency noted that
this infraction, like the previous one Sept. 9 (
amm.com, Sept. 20), didnt result in a
violation of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for
stricter requirements to ensure compliance with federal
standards due to Exides continued issues in the
The news follows
months of turmoil for the Milton, Ga.-based battery maker,
which was forced to reduce production at Vernon by 15 percent
Sept. 20 following the air quality violation.
Exide will continue to
curtail production at Vernon until it demonstrates that it has
achieved an ambient air lead concentration below 0.15
micrograms per cubic meter over a 30-day period, the AQMD said
An Exide spokeswoman
did not immediately return calls seeking comment.