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Air quality board OKs tighter pollution limits for battery recyclers
Air quality board OKs tighter pollution limits for battery recyclers

Air quality officials imposed stricter emissions limits on two Los Angeles County battery recycling plants Friday, attempting to protect surrounding communities from lead pollution released by Exide Technologies in Vernon. The rules, approved on an 11-to-1 vote by the South Coast Air Quality Management District governing board, come in response to tests since 2013 that found elevated levels of lead in the soil near Exide and in surrounding homes and yards. Lead is a powerful neurotoxin for which there is no known safe level of exposure. The limits reduce by half the amount of lead emissions allowed from the plants, cut the allowed concentrations of lead in the air nearby and require...

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