SLAB Watchdog Comments on Exide's Plan to Idle Pennsylvania Lead Recycling Facility

  SLABWatchdog Comments on Exide's Plan to Idle Pennsylvania Lead Recycling

 Follows Previous Decision to Close Another Facility in Texas. Are Others at

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- November 20, 2012

Recently, Exide Technologies announced the idling of their lead recycling
operations in Reading, PA. The decision by Exide marks the second time this
year the company has announced the closing of one of its highly regulated
spent lead acid battery recycling facilities. Diane L. Cullo, Director of SLAB
Watchdog issued the following statement:

“It is unfortunate workers at Exide’s facility have to bear the brunt of
companies electing to send their used car batteries to poorly regulated
Mexican recyclers. In bypassing highly regulated American recyclers, exporters
and the suppliers who turn a blind eye to the practice are showing their
attitudes towards environmental, community, and worker protections. If these
companies were truly committed to environmental stewardship, they would
utilize highly regulated domestic recycling facilities employing American

With data from the Mexican government showing local recyclers emit as much as
20 times more lead than comparable U.S.-based facilities, SLAB Watchdog is
very concerned about Exide closing its second U.S. recycling location within
the last six months. It is our fear that Exide’s inability to upgrade its
emissions controls in the face of surging battery exports means other
recyclers may follow suit and elect to shutter their operations. The end
result of such actions would be an explosion of exports to Mexico’s
substandard recyclers, resulting in a drastic increase in the amount of lead,
cadmium, arsenic and other harmful pollutants being released into Mexican
communities ill-equipped to handle the emissions’ long lasting effects.

According to the website for America’s Battery Recyclers, domestic recycling
facilities are located in numerous smaller communities across the country.
Unless exports to Mexico are curtailed, workers in Muncie, Indiana; Canon
Hollow, Missouri; Eagan, Minnesota; Middletown, NY and others should be
concerned that poorly regulated Mexican competitors, supported by rapacious
battery exporters are threatening their livelihoods.”

For more information, please contact Diane L. Cullo at

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Diane L. Cullo, 703-244-5891
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