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Exide to temporarily lay off nearly all workers at its Vernon plant
Exide to temporarily lay off nearly all workers at its Vernon plant

The beleaguered operator of a Vernon battery-recycling plant announced the temporary layoffs of nearly all of its employees Monday, weeks after air-quality regulators shut down its operations over air pollution concerns. Exide Technologies said in a statement that it had issued notices to 104 hourly employees and 20 managers at the facility that they could be laid off within 60 days. The plant, which has been a source of community outrage since regulators announced last year that its arsenic emissions posed a danger to more than 100,000 people, has been idle since last month. Two weeks ago, the South Coast Air Quality Management District denied the company extra time to comply with...

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