Active Facility - ISD. Exide Technologies Vernon Facility (Exide) is a lead-acid battery recycling facility which has been operating since 1922. The facility currently operates under Interim Status (IS). Exide is located in an approximately 15-acre area in the City of Vernon, Los Angeles County. The facility recycles spent batteries to recover lead and polypropylene. The sulfuric acid in the batteries is recycled and used in the on-site wastewater treatment system. The facility has an average production of 120,000 tons of lead per year.
Exide originally submitted a Part B Operation Plan (OP) application on November 8, 1988. The latest revised OP was submitted in 2010 and includes 68 hazardous waste management units (HWMUs). Twenty of HWMUs have previously been approved for closure. These units ceased operation in 2002 but have not been formally closed.
The Facility’s IS was modified on December 13, 1999, for the addition of the drop-out box, truck wash sump, and corridor project. On June 30, 2000, DTSC approved another IS Modification to remove and close 20 tanks and sumps, and relocate the waste water treatment system to an area with a secondary containment system.
A draft Hazardous Waste Facility Permit was public noticed by DTSC on June 30, 2006. The public comment period ended on October 30, 2006. Numerous and substantial comments were received from the public.
On April 24, 2013, DTSC issued a Temporary Suspension Order to Exide. Exide's operation is temporarily suspended now.
Based on significant public input and other regulatory changes, improvements have been completed at the facility. DTSC and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) have been working together to provide oversight of activities and improvements at the facility. A new Hazardous Waste Permit Application reflecting the current Exide operation, including the structural and operational improvements completed since 2006 and proposed future changes has been submitted. The new permit application is currently under DTSC's review.
A new Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) and Environmental Impact Report are also being prepared to assess any environmental and human health impact associated with the facility’s operation.