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carol morse
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Username: Geoffil

Post Number: 1
Registered: 04-2011
Posted on Monday, April 11, 2011 - 02:59 pm:   

If Exide is violating the EPA emission standards, why isn't the plant closed until they fix the problem? The blood test for lead seems unfair to residents since this tells me that a problem exists.
 

Daniel Ford
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Username: Daniel_ford

Post Number: 65
Registered: 06-2010
Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 08:16 am:   

It is our understanding that under the federal regulations the EPA is using to declare the non-attainment zone (not meeting emissions standards) they do not have the authority to close the plant. Instead, because the EPA changed the emission standard reducing it by 10 fold, they must now provide an opportunity for the plant to come into compliance with the new reduced emission standards. Under the EPA’s procedures the plant would have up to five years to come into compliance. However, in working with the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (the “TCEQ”) the city has obtained a commitment from the TCEQ that the plant will have to come into compliance in a shorter timeframe. That compliance could come in the form of what they call an “Agreed Order” which is an agreement to do it sooner or be subject to enforcement actions by the TCEQ. But just in case an Agreed Order cannot be reached we are also seeking legislation that would require compliance quicker. This has been supported by state Senator Shapiro.

With regard to the blood test, the Texas Department of State Health Services has advised us that the purpose of the test is determine if there is an exposure problem and if there is what the extent of the exposure is. The test itself does not tell them there is a problem but instead the results will tell them what they need to know. This testing is something the city has requested to assist all of us in determining what exposure may be occurring and also use this information in our efforts to get the EPA and TCEQ to push for compliance as quickly as possible.

Respectfully,
Ron Patterson
Assistant City Manager
6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
Frisco, Texas 75034

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