Controversial Battery Recycling Plant in Vernon Reopens

VERNON, Calif. (KTLA) — A battery recycling plant in Vernon that was ordered to shut down in April was operational again Wednesday, according to a health advocacy organization.

Latino Allies United for Dignity, or SALUD, held a town hall meeting Wednesday night to discuss health concerns over the plant, which is operated by Exide Technologies.

The plant is located near Bandini Boulevard and Indiana Avenue.

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Exide Technologies operates the battery recycling plant in Vernon.

The state Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) ordered the facility to close on April 24 over alleged hazardous waste violations.

Emissions from the plant contained excess amounts of lead and arsenic, and polluted the air, water and soil around the facility, according to SALUD.

A judge reversed the DTSC order and allowed the plant to reopen.

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