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FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says it “cannot approve” Exide Technologies’ assessment report for the former Frisco battery recycling plant.

In a letter sent from TCEQ to the company this week, the state listed 34 comments on the company’s report that need to be revised.

Among the biggest concerns is how Exide classified the groundwater that runs under the plant.

The state wrote it needs to be classified at higher level because it could one day be used for drinking water.

What this means for the company is a more stringent and costly cleanup.

The city told the I-Team this latest development will add at least six months to the cleanup process that’s already supposed to last another 18 to 24 months,

“This is not a race,” Mayor Maher Maso told the I-Team. “We are thankful that the TCEQ is taking steps to ensure this ends correctly.”

City Manager George Purefoy said this is part of the process and residents should not view this as a setback but rather as proof the cleanup is being done right.

“I have every confidence that at the end of the day both the TCEQ and the EPA will have proper safeguards in place to protect the health of our citizens,” Purefoy said.

TCEQ sent the following statement concerning the Affected Property Assessment Report for the former operating plant.

The TCEQ letter does not reflect a final decision but rather is a request for additional information and clarification from Exide. TCEQ comments on reports this large are common and expected. Exide welcomes the opportunity provided by the TCEQ to respond to its questions and concerns.

Residents who live near the former recycling plant said they’ve waited too long for the company to cut corners now.

“Don’t sugar coat it and try and sweep it under the rug,” said Frisco resident Javaria Wallace. “Get under there and vacuum it up and get it out of there.”

Last November, as part of an agreement with Frisco, Exide closed its battery recycling plant.

Exide has 21 days to respond to TCEQ’s letter.

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