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State Senate leader urges regulators to close Exide plant in Vernon
State Senate leader urges regulators to close Exide plant in Vernon

California's senate leader is demanding that state regulators immediately close and begin cleaning up an embattled Vernon battery recycling plant that has spewed lead and arsenic into surrounding neighborhoods over decades of operation. In a letter sent Friday, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) urged the state Department of Toxic Substances Control "in the strongest terms" to deny a full permit to Exide Technologies. The state has allowed the plant — which has been idle since March 2014 because it could not comply with air quality rules — to operate for more than three decades under "interim status." The toxic substances...

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