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China hardens policies against secondary lead industry

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:19 -- Paul Crompton
China hardens policies against secondary lead industry

China has introduced a host of stricter new regulations to curb pollution in its secondary lead industry.

China’s existing secondary lead industry— as well as any new construction, reconstruction and expansion projects— will have to relocate ‘step-by-step’ to industrial parks at least one kilometer awayfrom residential areas.

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Californian air-quality board cracks the whip on Exide Technologies

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:10 -- Ruth Williams
Fierce public outcry has put Exide in the environmental spotlight for several years. The company has pledged to spend $7m on upgrades to the recycling plant.

Stricter emission guidelines have been approved by the Californian air-quality management agency to regulate arsenic and other toxic substances from lead-acid battery recycling plants.

The revised targets mean Exide Technologies’ Vernon smelter plant and Quemetco’s battery recycling plant in Industry must adhere to new requirements from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The restrictions limit arsenic emissions to 11.3 kg per year until 2015 and 4.5 kg per year thereafter. Benzine emissions must be limited to 204 kg per year. The ambient concentration of arsenic cannot exceed 10 nanograms per cubic meter.

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Exide Technologies say goodbye Texas hello India

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 18:02 -- Ruth Williams

Exide Technologies' battery recycling plant in Frisco, Texas US, is to close by the end of this year after a battle by city residents over environmental issues.

The company is now being sued by two environmental groups concerned about the impact the plant has had on the health of the population. 

The groups feel regulators failed to take action on violations being committed at the plant as found on inspections.

"There are chronic contamination problems at Exide that still pose a hazard to Frisco residents and property. There's also a long history of law-breaking that the company must be held accountable for," said Colette McCadden, secretary of Frisco Unleaded.

Exide has been a target of critics in recent years because of lead emissions that exceed the US federal air-quality standard. That standard was tightened in 2008 because of mounting research into the dangers of exposure to the toxic metal at very low levels.

Exide are ceasing operation at the end of this year and the city is buying the land to re-generate.

Things are looking better for the company elsewhere however. In India Exide are planning to expand their manufacturing capacity. They will focus upon the invertor segment as opposed to automotive batteries.

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