DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In response to President Obama’s order that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) develop new emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks, Robert E. Finn, President and CEO of RSR Corporation, issued the following statement:
“President Obama’s use of executive action to reduce heavy-duty truck emissions is admirable, but he should go beyond pollution at the tailpipe. The announcement ignores the real and persistent threat to individuals and communities that can occur when the vehicles and their components are improperly recycled. Chief among these threats is the danger of lead poisoning that can occur when the vehicles’ spent lead acid batteries are reclaimed in foreign recycling facilities, such as recyclers in Mexico. Shockingly, the federal government has no idea where the batteries from its fleets of hundreds of thousands of vehicles are recycled. Clearly this is a knowledge gap and an environmental threat that President Obama must address.
“Each year hundreds of thousands of batteries from vehicles in the service of the United States Postal Service, Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and other agency fleets need to be replaced. Primarily consisting of highly recyclable lead and acid, the spent batteries must be carefully reclaimed. Unfortunately, the government is unable to track how much of this hazardous waste it creates each year, and more importantly, how and where the batteries are recycled.
“Multiple independent reports confirm that as much as 20 percent of all American spent car and truck batteries -- close to a billion pounds -- end up in Mexican recycling facilities too dirty to be licensed to operate in the United States. The government knows this occurs and recognizes that the spent batteries it generates are being sent to these facilities, yet it has done nothing to stop the practice. The government cannot turn a blind eye to the lead and other pollution it is causing in foreign communities.
“If President Obama wants to limit harmful pollution from heavy trucks and other similar vehicles, we encourage him to look beyond tailpipe emissions and take decisive action on limiting the export of government generated batteries.”
About RSR Corporation
RSR Corporation is a privately held secondary lead smelting company that operates lead acid battery recycling facilities in California, Indiana, and New York. RSR Corporation uses state-of-the-art technology and a highly trained workforce to reclaim lead acid batteries safely.