ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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 workers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org