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FRISCO In a partial victory for opponents of a battery recycling plant in Frisco, the City Council Tuesday denied a petition from Exide Technologies to use zoning laws dating back to 1964 for plant improvements.

Exide has promised to make $20 million in upgrades to reduce lead emissions, and without Council approval, Exide has to comply with all current city regulations, which are more stringent.

Exide is now surrounded by homes, schools, and business that didn't exist when the battery plant was built in 1964.

The plant currently employs 134 workers. The company said last year it paid a total of $120,000 in taxes to Collin County and the Frisco ISD. Exide does receive an agricultural tax exemption.

The battle is likely to end up in court.

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