- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

VERNON, Calif. (AP) - Documents show hazardous waste from a Los Angeles-area battery recycler dripped from trucks onto public highways and into storm drains.

KCBS-TV reported Wednesday (https://cbsloc.al/1sWZX8K) that the California Highway Patrol last summer stopped a dripping tractor-trailer transporting acid battery waste at a weigh station off Interstate 5 in Castaic. The truck originated at the Exide Technologies plant in Vernon.

In newly released public documents a state environmental inspector called the truck leaks an “on-going problem” that “needs to be addressed immediately.”

Exide was sued earlier this year by state air quality regulators, claiming its Vernon facility exposed nearby residents to cancer-causing chemicals.

The plant, which processed 25,000 batteries a day, is closed until requirements are met.

Exide officials declined to comment on the KCBS report.

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Information from: KCBS-TV, https://www.cbs2.com/

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