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Frisco Residents ‘Want The Lead Out’

FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – For years, some Frisco residents have been concerned about the Exide battery recycling plant in town.  Now, a citizens group is ready for the city to close the plant.

Besides problems with the air quality here, the EPA and the state found potential soil and groundwater contamination at the Exide plant.

The city says its repeatedly met with the company, the state, and EPA to keep residents safe.  But some critics are asking why the city hasn’t tried to shut the plant down.

A one-and-a-half mile radius around the plant doesn’t comply with federal air quality standards for lead.  It is one of only 16 such areas in the entire country.  And that deeply concerns Meghan Green and her family – who lives nearby.

So Green and other concerned residents have formed the group ‘Frisco Unleaded.’ “We have a common goal do something about Exide whether relocating Exide, getting Exide out, let’s do something about Exide because nothing is getting done.”

Jim Mallett also wants to close the Exide plant.  He worries about his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson who live in Frisco.  “My grandson is a soccer player, and he practices up here at soccer areas and I’m concerned he was exposed to this.”

Mallet has asked the city to shut the plant down through a legal process.

The city says it already zones the plant as no longer appropriate in its current location.  And after the city determines the company recoups its investment in the property, it could force the plant to close.

In other  words — if a company put x amount of dollars into the property — it would have a certain amount of time to recover the money it spent on its facility.

“What the process considers is the capital investment in the structures on the property and how long will it take for the company to recoup that investment,” says Attorney Jimmy Schnurr.

“Every councilman in the city of Frisco and the Mayor needs to be asked that question.  Why have you let these processes you have in your hand not being used?” asks Mallett.

CBS 11 asked Frisco Mayor Maher Maso why the city hasn’t taken this option.  “This is just one idea floated by an environmental group.  Frankly, it’s an idea we understand and fully understood sometime back, and it’s not as clear cut as they say it is.  They haven’t done the background that we have.”)

The mayor didn’t want to talk specifics about the city’s legal options for fear it would jeopardize any action the city takes.

CBS 11 emailed an Exide spokeswoman Wednesday seeking comment.  The plant manager declined to be interviewed.

MORE: Exide Plant Coverage


One Comment

  1. darrell says:

    can someone answer me as to how long this plant has been in frisco please?

    1. phillip says:

      Since the ’60s. These imbeciles moved there after the plant existed, then they want it shut down. It’s like someone building their house just outside Three Mile Island and then demanding that it should be shut down because it’s a danger to their family. Should Exide bring the plant into compliance? Yes. Nothing else though. The people who bought property near the plant should hold real estate developers accountable for developing property that is contaminated.

      1. darrell says:

        i had thought it had been there a while but wasnt sure. (sucks) getting older lol.

      2. FriscoGuy says:

        Exactly, this is a political move to gain more property in Frisco, and then more property tax. I guarantee that if they are successful in getting the company moved, there will be retail businesses on that site within a year. Mark my words.

  2. Jack says:

    I will tell you that your health is the least concern among those in charge. One of these gas drilling companies was just found dumping contaminated water into a nearby creek. I mean come on, that’s just plain deliberate, and yet they still get to drill where ever they want. I agree with FriscoGuy, this is all just political.

  3. Money, Money, Money says:

    Read between the lines…”And after the city determines the company recoups its investment in the property, it could force the plant to close.” Meaning that if they try to force the company out now, the company can turn around and sue the city for lost investment of the property. Money always trumps health. However, there’s and added factor, the plant was there first. It’s like moving next to the city dump, then complaining that it smells bad.

    1. Jim says:

      Money, Money, Money:

      So the issue is made clear for you, according to the City of Frisco spokesperson, Exide’s use of the property is already considered “legal, but non-conforming.”

      The spokesperson didn’t say when that determination was made, but obviously sometime in the past. AFTER THE DATE THE DETERMINATION WAS MADE, ANY INVESTMENT IN STRUCTURES IS NON-RECOVERABLE.
      The City can begin amortization at ANY TIME after the use is declared legal, but non-conforming. If you look at the condition of the buildings, and the time frame the plant has been there, it would not be surprising that Exide has already recovered its investments.

      And, FRISCO GUY: The land belongs to Exide and would belong to Exide in the event the plant was closed. However it has been contaminated for 40 some years, and before Exide could sell it, it would need to been cleaned up AT EXIDE’S EXPENSE. Any development could only take place after the clean up. Regarding your comment on taxes, Exide pays full taxes on approximately 50 plus acres where the plant and its dumps are located – the balance of the propety has an agricutural tax exemption. So Frisco Guy, if you know how municipal taxes work, you know that more business means more BUSINESS taxes. And business won’t move to Frisco with one of the sixteen most lead polluting plants in the country sitting in the middle of the City. Yes it was there first, when the population was 1600 – it is no longer appropriate for health purposes or economic developoment purposes to have the pant remain open in the City.

  4. Axle_Hongsnort says:

    Wow, the audacity and ignorance of some these comments is astounding. The FACT is that Exide emits thousands of pounds of lead into the air each year. Unfortunately our great state of Texas is business friendly to a fault in this case. Sure, no one thought cigarettes were bad 20 years ago, does that mean cigarettes are okay? The same goes for Exide, time to get out.

    1. re: Axle says:

      Frisco Drivers emit over 200,000 tons of emissions from their vehicles a year. I don’t see any of you getting rid of your car, truck, or SUV. Who’s ignorant now?

      1. wes says:


        There isn’t lead in gasoline any more. Believe Hogsnort’s point was that some commenters weren’t aware of the facts surrounding Exide’s Frisco plant, and that lead in the air (or in the ground that can blow in the wind, or Stewart Creek) is not a good thing. NOt KNOWN how much lead is safe.

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