"Frisco Officials Fight Plans To Expand Lead Smelter"

"Thousands of people in the heart of Frisco are exposed to toxic lead pollution from a battery recycling plant that wants to expand production.

Exide Technologies Inc. operates the decades-old lead smelter that's flanked by Frisco's downtown, a high school and several neighborhoods and businesses. Its lead emissions make Collin County one of only 18 counties nationwide not expected to meet new, more stringent air-quality standards. It is expected to be the only such designation in the south-central United States. ...

City of Frisco officials object to the production increase and are challenging Exide's plans through a trial-like contested case hearing with state regulators. Their letter to state officials says the expansion 'will have a negative impact on the City and its residents.'"

Matthew Haag and Valerie Wigglesworth report for the Dallas Morning News October 18, 2009.

See Also:

"EPA Investigation Into Atlanta Lead Smelter" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Source: Dallas News, 10/19/2009