Regulators reach deal with Los Angeles recycler

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Updated: 7/09 2:19 pm

VERNON, Calif. (AP) — Air quality regulators have reached an agreement with a Los Angeles-area battery recycler that would keep the facility shut down until it installs new controls on toxic pollution that poses a health risk to surrounding communities.

The Los Angeles Times reports the South Coast Air Quality Management District is asking its hearing board this week to approve two enforcement actions that have been agreed to by Exide Technologies.

Exide would be required to install new pollution control equipment and take other measures to control emissions of lead and arsenic.

The district sued Exide in January, claiming its Vernon plant exposed people to cancer-causing chemicals. The plant, which processed 25,000 batteries a day, is closed until requirements are met.

The company says it's spending $25 million to reduce pollution.


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