A proposed law requiring a Vernon battery recycler to get a final permit to operate by 2015 or shut down was approved Thursday morning by the California Senate.
The bill by Sen.
The recycler, which began operating in the 1920s and was bought by Exide in 2000, has never received a full permit as required by federal law. Instead, the company has been operating on a temporary permit the entire time.
Lara's bill requires the state to make sure all hazardous-waste facilities operating under such permits get final approval to operate by the end of next year or shut down. Exide is currently the only such facility without a full permit.
Company officials could not be reached for comment, but have previously said they are committed to public health and to meeting California's environmental standards.