TX City Fears Battery Recycler's Expansion Would Worsen Lead Levels

"Thousands of people in the heart of Frisco [Texas] are exposed to toxic lead pollution from a battery recycling plant that wants to expand production.

Exide Technologies Inc. operates the decades-old lead smelter that's flanked by Frisco's downtown, a high school and several neighborhoods and businesses. Its lead emissions make Collin County one of only 18 counties nationwide not expected to meet new, more stringent air-quality standards. It is expected to be the only such designation in the south-central United States.

Recent research shows that lead poses a greater risk to people than scientists once thought. And it's especially detrimental to children, who can suffer from learning problems, diminished IQs and brain damage."

Matthew Haag and Valerie Wigglesworth report for the Dallas Morning News with Randy Lee Loftis December 22, 2009.

Source: Dallas News, 12/23/2009