California battery processor allowed to reopen

California battery processor allowed to reopen

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Exide Technologies, operator of one of two lead-battery recycling facilities in California, has been permitted to temporarily reopen after being shut down for two months for alleged environmental infractions.

Citing a prolonged administrative proceeding, Judge Luis Lavin of the Superior Court found that the public interest would not be harmed by Exide's reopening and ordered a temporary restraining order against the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

In April, DTSC called for the Vernon, California-based company's suspension, concluding that arsenic and lead were leaking into the air, soil and water surrounding the facility.

Exide, a company with a history of air, soil and water quality violations, denied these findings and has since praised Judge Lavin's decision. In a release, the company stated: "We are pleased with the judge's recent decision that allows us to reopen our Vernon plant. We will continue to implement our planned storm water air quality control improvements. Working constructively with the community, Exide intends to continue running a premier facility in compliance with regulatory standards."

A further court hearing is scheduled to take place on July 2.

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