la times logoExide to temporarily lay off nearly all workers at its Vernon plant, April 2014

“The beleaguered operator of a Vernon battery-recycling plant announced the temporary layoffs of nearly all of its employees Monday, weeks after air-quality regulators shut down its operations over air pollution concerns. Exide Technologies said in a statement that it had issued notices to 104 hourly employees and 20 managers at the facility that they could be laid off within 60 days.”

The plant, which has been a source of community outrage since regulators announced last year that its arsenic emissions posed a danger to more than 100,000 people, has been idle since last month. Two weeks ago, the South Coast Air Quality Management District denied the company extra time to comply with new, stricter rules on arsenic emissions.”

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