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Exide to Shut Down Vernon, Calif., Battery Recycling Plant

Exide to Shut Down Vernon, Calif., Battery Recycling Plant

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday the permanent closure of a battery recycling plant in Vernon operated by Exide Technologies. The company will also pay $50 million to clean up the site and nearby neighborhoods affected by dangerous toxins released from its facility. 

"The reign of toxic lead ends today," acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura said in a statement. "After more than nine decades of ongoing lead contamination in the City of Vernon, neighborhoods can now start to breathe easier."

The battery recycling plant has sat idle for a year due to major legal and environmental problems.

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