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After a brief honeymoon, is it Splitsville for the 2012 clean-up agreement between Exide and the City of Frisco? And if their shotgun marriage is breaking apart, what are the implications for Frisco residents and the surrounding area, including Lake Lewisville, a source of drinking water for Dallas that sits directly downstream of what now […]

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On Monday the Washington Post published a comprehensive look at the troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant site two-and-a-half years after meltdown, and concludes that the clean-up "is turning into another kind of disaster." The same could be said of the Exide lead smelter clean-up in Frisco, and indeed the stories parallel one another in eerie […]

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A months-long deathwatch surrounding Exide Technologies got a little closer to its climax on Thursday with a Wall Street Journal story quoting "people familiar with the matter" as saying the company was preparing to file for bankruptcy for a second time in a decade sometime this summer. The original article is behind the Journal's pay […]

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(Frisco)–Frisco residents directly challenged their city’s attempt to gloss over what they say is an important decision to use a less-protective testing method to find toxic contamination on the Exide smelter site, while also releasing a new report that chronicles how that contamination could disrupt plans to build the city’s ambitious “Grand Park.” Saying city […]

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This is a 23 second video shot on the corner of Eubanks and 5th Street  in Frisco earlier this month. This corner is the northeast border for the property owned by the Exide lead smelter. When it begins, the camera is looking south toward the now shuttered smelter. In fact, at the 3-second mark, you […]

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Last week the Exide battery company, owner of the now defunct Frisco lead smelter, hired a financial "restructuring" specialist firm by the name of Lazard, although the media coverage that followed the move suggested the more apt moniker could be Lazarus. "Exide Technologies has been in the midst of a turnaround for awhile now and, […]

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People who don't know any better expect agencies that are charged with removing environmental threats to public health to be on top of the best and most recent science. However, because of the glacial pace of government environmental oversight, that's hardly ever true. It takes years, and sometimes decades for "safe standards" to be updated […]

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Because closing illegal smelters in your own backyard forces the corporations to build unsafe facilities in other places….or something like that.

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Despite denying that it was submitting comments on the state's plan for cleaning up the recently closed Exide lead smelter, the Environmental Protection Agency turned in a sometimes scathing assessment of Austin's proposal to allow the company to treat prohibited hazardous waste that still lies buried in its landfills in Frisco. "The landfill is not […]

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They’re Not Asking Your Permission

by jim on February 4, 2013

Exide and the State are planning Frisco's future without it's residents. This Wednesday night may be one of the few times they can object in person. Plans are proceeding for Exide to leave landfills full of its lead smelter waste in Frisco….forever Landfills of lead on the edge of downtown that will pose a constant […]

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That's the hypothesis that Kevin Drum makes in the latest issue of Mother Jones, and he has a lot of evidence to back it up. For years, scientists have known about the link between lead exposure in children and decreasing IQ levels. More recently, researchers have discovered more subtle effects in terms of anti-social behavior […]

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Good Friday: Exide Smelter Closing Today

by jim on November 30, 2012

Sometimes, all it takes is the slightest push of an index finger, or a focused exhaling of breath. Sometimes the house of cards is so precarious, so unstable, that any challenge, no matter how slight, can send the established structure to the ground. A year ago a small, newly-formed citizens group that had just staged […]

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