RELEASE: SENATOR KEVIN DE LEÓN CALLS ON SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT BOARD TO TAKE SWIFT AND IMMEDIATE ACTION TO CLOSE VERNON EXIDE PLANT

Friday, October 18, 2013

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – Reacting to the SCAQMD’s recommendation today to its Board to close the Exide plant in Vernon, Senator Kevin de Leόn (D-Los Angeles) today said, “SCAQMD’s recommendation to shut Exide down is long overdue.  I urge the Board to take swift and immediate action to shut this polluter down. Every time we turn the corner we find another outrageous example of how this company has continued to flagrantly poison the residents of the City of Vernon and nearby communities.”

The SCAQMD filed a petition today with its Hearing Board that, if successful, would require Exide to shutter lead smelting operations until its air pollution control systems are improved and deemed adequate to control arsenic emissions.  The air quality agency also issued two notices of violation against Exide -- one for exceeding the single-stack emission limit and the other for not curtailing its emissions by the required amounts.

SCAQMD today noted that Exide has had recurring operational problems and a troubled compliance history, and that these problems have resulted in excess emissions of lead and arsenic – two highly toxic metals – that have imposed significant health risk to people living or working in the surrounding area.

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