Regulators move to shut down battery recycling plant

Regional air pollution regulators moved Friday to shut down Exide Technologies' troubled battery recycling plant in Vernon, citing public health risks from its repeated emissions of lead and arsenic.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has asked an independent administrative law panel for an order to halt lead smelting operations at the plant "until its air pollution control systems are improved and deemed adequate" to control toxic emissions, the agency said in a news release.

The hearing process should take two to three months and probably will include at least one public meeting with communities that have increasingly clamored for the plant's closing with each new disclosure of toxic emissions in recent months — even as it has faced intense regulatory scrutiny.

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