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S. Cal battery plant to reduce arsenic health risk

Posted: December 21, 2013 1:18 p.m.
Updated: December 21, 2013 1:18 p.m.

INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California battery recycling plant has been told to reduce the health risk from arsenic it's spewing into the air.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune ( ) says the South Coast Air Quality Management District sent a letter earlier this month to Quemetco Inc., located in the San Gabriel Valley.

A November inspection found that arsenic emissions had increased at the plant, which smelts lead from old batteries.

The plant has until May to complete a health assessment showing it has reduced the cancer risk from the pollution or it will face stricter controls.

An attorney for Quemetco says it plans to comply.

Regulators also are trying to halt smelting at another recycler, Exide Technologies in Vernon, until it upgrades its air pollution controls.


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