Battery Recycler to Face Public Zoning Hearings

City Council also rejects Exide's appeal of zoning decision

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    The Frisco City Council approved a measure that sets the stage for public hearings over a Frisco battery recycler. (Published Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012)

    A controversial Frisco recycling plant that must soon comply with new federal air quality standards is no closer to obtaining its building permits and faces hearings over its future.

    The City Council approved a measure that sets the stage for public hearings over Exide Technologies Inc.'s compliance with current zoning laws.

    Beginning of End for Frisco Battery Recycling Plant?

    [DFW] Beginning of End for Frisco Battery Recycling Plant?
    The Frisco City Council approved a measure that sets the stage for public hearings over a Frisco battery recycler. (Published Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012)

    “We are stunned by the actions that are occurring," said Bruce Cole, of Exide.

    The council also denied Exide's appeal of a zoning decision.

    Frisco Cracks Down on Exide

    [DFW] Frisco Cracks Down on Exide
    Frisco has ordered Exide to apply for a special-use zoning permit to operate. (Published Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012)

    The company only has a few months to comply with new air quality standards set by the federal government and must make improvements to its facility.

    Exide had asked that the building permits be approved based on the rules that were in effect when the facility first opened nearly 50 years ago.

    Exide Battle Continues

    [DFW] Exide Battle Continues
    People continue to fight to keep Exide Technologies from continuing to operate in Frisco and tomorrow night the city council will discuss several items relating to the battery plant. (Published Monday, Jan 16, 2012)

    But the Planning and Zoning Commission denied the request last month.

    “We are asking that we build walls around our facility," said Don Barar, plant manager. "It's as simple as that."

    The zoning commission said the battery recycling plant must follow Frisco's current zoning laws and apply for a "specific-use permit."

    Exide's battery recycling facility has come under scrutiny for the levels of lead it pumps into the air.

    The plant, which originally opened in 1964, sits in the heart of Frisco within three miles of City Hall, Frisco High School and Pizza Hut Park. Exide took over the facility in 2000 to recycle old car batteries.

    Exide employs 134 people in Frisco.

    “Please don’t tell me bullying Exide out of Frisco is about the children," plant employee Jennifer Layton said. "What about my children?"

    The public hearings have not yet been scheduled.

    The city is bracing for a possible lawsuit.

    NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.