Residents tested for blood near Exide recycling plant

Children and pregnant women near an Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Muncie, in the US state of Indiana, are being tested for lead in their blood in tests by the state department of health, Exide confirmed to BESB on February 13.

The recycling plant has been operating since 1989, and is one of two Exide battery recycling plants operating in the US, the other is at Canon Hollow, Missouri.

Its former Vernon plant, near Los Angeles, has been shut down, with millions of dollars being paid out for clean-up work at the site.

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“Exide maintains OSHA-compliant hygiene practices designed to prevent employees from leaving its facilities with lead or other chemical residue on their clothes,” said Melissa Floyd, director of corporate communications.

“Exide is aware of two isolated instances from the Delaware County Health Department report. The most effective preventative measure to avoid lead leaving the facility is the complete compliance of our employees to all safety policies and procedures.

“Exide has re-educated our Muncie plant employees on our policies and procedures, proper hygiene practices and lead awareness. Exide places the utmost importance on the health safety of our employees, their families and the communities in which we operate and we are coordinating with the Indiana State Health Department, which is providing a free blood lead testing clinic in the community this week.”