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Exide again cited for lead emissions

Keywords: Tags  Exide Technologies, California Air Quality Management District, lead emissions, Vernon plant, battery recyling, lead-acid battery, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — Troubled battery maker Exide Technologies Ltd. has again been cited by California’s 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 (, Sept. 20), didn’t result in a violation of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for lead.

AQMD maintains stricter requirements to ensure compliance with federal standards due to Exide’s continued issues in the region.

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 Oct. 1.

An Exide spokeswoman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

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