| Mar 11, 2015
| 10:29 PM
Battery recycler Exide Technologies will permanently close its Vernon plant and will not face criminal charges under an agreement reached Wednesday night with the U.S. attorney’s office.
UPDATE: Exide closing Vernon plant to avoid criminal...
| May 1, 2014
| 11:07 PM
The head of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control is resigning after three years leading the long troubled department.
Debbie Raphael, who took over as director of the state agency in 2011, grappled publicly with reforming a department...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 10:11 PM
A Vernon battery recycler may not resume lead smelting until its furnaces can operate in compliance with tough new air district rules on arsenic emissions.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District's hearing board ruled Tuesday that Exide...
| May 23, 2014
| 11:05 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week accused a beleaguered Vernon battery recycler of repeatedly releasing too much lead into the air in violation of federal law.
The Exide Technologies facility violated the federal Clean Air Act's lead...
| May 7, 2014
| 7:05 PM
The weather finally is heating up, but the controversy over electricity costs associated with last winter's polar vortex still hasn't cooled down.
One of the boiling issues is a controversial plan by one of the state's largest competitive electric...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 7:21 PM
Air quality regulators have reached an agreement with Exide Technologies that would bar its battery recycling plant in Vernon from resuming operations until it installs new controls on arsenic emissions that pose a health risk to surrounding communities....
| Jul 10, 2014
| 8:31 PM
Air quality officials are giving a battery recycling plant in Vernon another chance to prove it can operate without putting nearby residents at risk.
Despite demands from community groups calling for permanent closure of the Exide Technologies plant,...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 8:44 PM
A Vernon battery recycler, under fire for polluting the air with excessive amounts of lead and arsenic, has been given 30 days to correct shortcomings in its application for a permit to handle hazardous waste.
A notice issued Tuesday by state regulators...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 8:42 PM
Los Angeles County's attempt to test lead levels in the blood of people living near a Vernon battery recycling plant has not drawn enough participants to be of use in measuring the effects of its air pollution, county officials and health experts say....
| Aug 11, 2014
| 8:43 PM
State regulators have greatly expanded the area of homes, schools and parks that will be tested for lead-tainted soil near a troubled battery recycling plant in Vernon.
California toxic waste regulators blame air pollution from the Exide Technologies...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 7:41 PM
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors wrote a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday blasting the California Department of Toxic Substances Control for slow progress in testing and cleaning up lead-contaminated soil at dozens of homes near a troubled...