"Air Quality District Sues Battery Recycler Exide for $40 Million"

"Air district officials filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking up to $40 million from a Vernon battery recycler accused of posing a health risk for emitting too much lead and arsenic."

"The South Coast Air Quality Management District sued Exide Technologies in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accusing the company — one of the world's largest manufacturers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries — of exposing tens of thousands of people to cancer-causing chemicals and failing to take timely action to address problems with pollution control systems.

“Exide has had a steady stream of operational problems that have resulted in excess toxic emissions,” said air district executive officer Barry Wallerstein."

Jessica Garrison reports for the Los Angeles Times January 16, 2014.

Source: LA Times, 01/17/2014