Permanently Close Polluting Battery Recycling Plant

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Target: California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez

Goal: Permanently close the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant, which has produced emissions in excess of the law and threatens to put 110,000 people at risk of health problems.

The Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon, California, has threatened surrounding neighborhoods, mostly lower-income communities of color, with toxic pollution emissions.  Recently, the plant was closed by state regulators temporarily. Urge California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez to keep the pressure on regulatory agencies and tell them to close the plant permanently.

According to a report the plant submitted to the South Coast Air Management District in January, arsenic emissions from the facility would cause 156 cancer cases per million people, assuming exposure over decades. The Los Angeles Times reported that in nearby neighborhoods the risk was 22 per million. Air district regulations state that when cancer risk hits 10 per million the public must be notified, and when it hits 25 per million, facilities are required to reduce their emissions.

Exide Technologies had been targeted by state officials in the past for producing toxic lead emissions, which can cause brain damage. Following several state and media reports showing that the facility was not doing enough to reduce emissions, community leaders and representatives pressed the Department of Toxic Substances Control to take action.

This plant has potentially caused health problems for its surrounding communities for several decades, and has gotten away with dodging regulations in the past. Do not allow it to reopen. Urge Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez to tell regulators to keep the plant closed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez,

We commend you for pushing for state regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control to take control over the situation at Exide. Your work in advocating for a safer, healthier community for populations that are disproportionately affected by pollution has helped shut down a facility accused of putting several neighborhoods at an unacceptable risk of developing health problems. But the problem will still persist if the plant is allowed to stay open.

Ensure that this plant stays closed. Keep pressure on regulators to close the plant permanently, and show other facilities in one of the most polluted areas of California that its residents will not stand for further deterioration of their environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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