FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – A major decision on the future of the controversial lead smelter in Frisco.
A state environmental agency is recommending that Exide’s battery recycling plant be given more time to meet air quality standards.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is recommending that a November first deadline for Exide to reduce emissions be extended to January 2014.
Opponents of Exide’s plant had hoped pressure to meet air quality standards by November would force it to close.
The decision buys time for the plant to make modifications that could keep it in Frisco.
Collette McCadden lived near the Exide battery recycling plant for 11 years and blames the lead smelter for learning disabilities in three of her four children.
“I don’t think that the State of Texas is adequately protecting us,” says McCadden.” We chose to relocate from our previous home and move to the far northeast corner.”
An Exide spokeswoman says the plant is undergoing changes that will reduce emissions.
“The measures agreed to are substantial and Exide believes the time allotted by TCEQ is appropriate and necessary,” says Susan Jaramillo.
Megan Green lives within two miles of the smoke stacks and has her children frequently tested for lead in their blood.
“To hear that they’ve given them an extension is disheartening to say the least,” says Green.
A TCEQ spokesperson tells CBS 11 that the deadlines are “considered on a case-by-case basis” with the consent of the EPA.
But those who believe the plant has been poisoning the air and soil around them for 50 years will likely have it as a neighbor for at least one more.