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Vernon battery recycler sued for $40M

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Air district officials have filed a $40 million lawsuit against a Southern California battery recycler accused of exposing tens of thousands of people to cancer-causing chemicals.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/KaoYJs ) the South Coast Air Quality Management District filed the lawsuit Thursday against Exide Technologies in Vernon.

The suit accuses Exide of failing to take timely action to address problems with its systems designed to control the emission of lead and arsenic.

Exide officials could not be reached for comment.

Last week, the air district's governing board adopted the nation's toughest regulation limiting arsenic emissions from lead-acid battery plants.

Exide operates one of two lead-acid battery plants west of the Rockies. The newspaper says the plant, opened in the 1920s, smelts about 25,000 batteries a day.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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