Calif. Air Regulator Sues Exide For $40M Over Emissions

By Jeff Sistrunk (January 17, 2014, 10:29 PM EST) -- A California air pollution regulator sued bankrupt battery maker Exide Technologies Inc. in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, seeking up to $40 million in penalties stemming from alleged illegal emissions of lead and arsenic at the company's battery recycling plant. 

The South Coast Air Quality Management District claimed Exide has committed numerous violations of the state's Health and Safety Code at its Vernon, Calif.-based lead-acid battery recycling facility and failed to timely take action to tackle issues with its air pollution control systems. 

"Exide has had a steady stream of operational problems that have resulted in excess toxic emissions," Barry...

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