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Residents Urged to Rally Against Vernon Battery Recycler

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After a shutdown in April,  residents living in communities near the Exide battery recycler in  Vernon gathered at a town hall meeting Wednesday for information about the plant.

The plant was found to have emitted excess amounts of lead and arsenic. The plant was allowed to reopen after Exide showed improvements significantly reduced emissions.

Still, residents wonder if their health has been compromised living so close to the 90 year old plant.    One woman complained of asthma, another said both her grandsons suffer from autism, another with multiple sclerosis.  

All were encouraged to have blood lead levels checked and to rally their representatives to first get the Air Quality Management Board to deny a variance that allows Exide to operate as it does now and then push for permanent shutdown. 

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