Battery Recycler Backs Down in Frisco

Exide Technologies withdraws production increase request.

By Eric Kreindler
|  Saturday, Oct 24, 2009  |  Updated 8:08 AM CDT
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Battery Recycler Backs Down in Frisco

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Exide Technologies told Frisco city leaders it planned to withdraw its application to increase production at its plant.

"It's an important first step to give our citizens assurances their public health is a top priority," said Mayor Maher Maso. "We're pleased Exide listened to our the concerns of our citizens. Transparency in government is something we strive for daily and we're encouraged by Exide's written commitment to maintain a positive relationship with our our city."

The battery plant originally opened in Frisco in 1964, and Exide Technologies took over in 2000, recycling old car batteries.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said the emissions from the smoke stacks contain lead and the concern is that an increase in production will lead to more pollution.

Residents have complained about the smell the plant emits, which the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said partly comes from lead emissions.

In addition to withdrawing its request to increase production at the battery recycling plant, Exide announced it is willing to discuss community impact programs.
 

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