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Vernon battery recycler is allowed to reopen, with conditions
Vernon battery recycler is allowed to reopen, with conditions

Air quality officials are giving a battery recycling plant in Vernon another chance to prove it can operate without putting nearby residents at risk. Despite demands from community groups calling for permanent closure of the Exide Technologies plant, the region's air quality hearing board approved an agreement Thursday that would allow the idled facility to reopen, but only after it installs equipment to control arsenic emissions and takes steps to keep lead-contaminated dust from being released during the upgrades. "The ultimate victors here are the people who breathe the air in and around the Exide facility," said Kurt Wiese, general counsel for the South Coast Air Quality Management...

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