- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) - Air quality officials have told a Los Angeles County battery recycling plant to cut its arsenic emissions after an assessment found an increased cancer risk to residents.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday (https://lat.ms/1TYCDze ) that the South Coast Air Quality Management District gave Quemetco Inc. 30 days to notify residents of the City of Industry and neighboring areas of the health risks. And the lead-acid battery smelter has six months to submit a plan to reduce emissions.

Craig Moyer, an attorney for Quemetco, called the 2013 emissions level that exceeded cancer risk thresholds an “outlier test.” He said the facility has reduced its pollution each year since.

Regulators emphasized that the higher cancer risk at Quemetco is not from an increase in emissions, but was instead triggered by more stringent state guidelines.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/


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