Frisco fails to meet new federal lead guidelines

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The Environmental Protection Agency has reduced the area surrounding the Exide plant where it says airborne lead levels are too high.




Posted on November 17, 2010 at 12:43 AM

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FRISCO — Frisco is on a federal list list of 17 places in the country with too much lead in the air.

The problem is the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant that is right in the heart of the city.

The news had been expected, but regulators say fewer homes and businesses are impacted than first thought.

The Environmental Protection Agency designated a 1.3 square mile area where Exide's lead emissions are too high. That's actually reduced from the previous 2.4 square mile impact zone.

"It's not the most pleasant thing to go through, but it's something we have to work through and get it solved," said Frisco City Manager George Purefoy. "I think we're well on our way to getting it solved."

The city is taking Exide up on its offer to test all Frisco residents for lead contamination.

In the meantime, the company is installing new equipment at the plant designed to reduce lead emissions. Exide has until the end of 2015 to comply with the more stringent regulations.