New rules for LA battery plant emissions
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California air quality officials have approved strict new rules on emissions of arsenic, benzene and other toxic chemicals from lead-acid battery facilities.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1j0322p ) the South Coast Air Quality Management District voted unanimously Friday to OK the new emission limits. The rules apply to Exide Technologies in Vernon and Quemetco in the city of Industry -- the only two battery recyclers west of the Rocky Mountains.
Starting next month the facilities must meet an ambient concentration of arsenic that does not exceed 10 nanograms per cubic meter.
Last year the AQMD reported that arsenic emissions from Exide's plant created an elevated risk of cancer for as many as 110,000 people.
Exide released a statement saying the company supports the new rules.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com