Los Angeles opposes Quemetco expansion amid lead pollution fears

Los Angeles opposes Quemetco expansion amid lead pollution fears

Los Angeles opposes Quemetco expansion amid lead pollution fears 318 159 Batteries International

February 28, 2019: Expansion plans by lead acid battery recycler Quemetco were opposed by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on February 19 amid environmental concerns.

Supervisors are due to send a five-signature letter to the Department of Toxic Substances Control and the South Coast Air Quality Management District expressing the county’s opposition.

The board want DTSC to apply its new permit regulations to Quemetco’s permit renewal application, including evaluating its compliance history and considering 10 years of violations when making permitting decisions.

The letter also outlines the need for additional sampling to determine the full extent of the lead contamination caused by Quemetco, the results of which must be shared with the public.

Copies of the letter will be sent to state governor Gavin Newsom, Jared Blumenfeld, director of the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Los Angeles County Legislative Delegation.

Quemetco, which has been operating in the City of Industry since 1972, recycles around 600 tons of lead acid batteries a day and stores hazardous waste on site.

In November 2018, Quemetco was sued for 29 violations of state hazardous waste laws and regulations. See here.

Last December the company was ordered to expand the area being investigated for contamination around the plant: more here.