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Shelley Kofler, KERA

Exide Technologies says bankruptcy will not alter the cleanup of lead contamination at its closed Frisco plant. 

Exide Technologies, which owns the recently closed battery recycling plant in Frisco, has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Exide is in the midst of cleaning up lead contamination in and around the Frisco plant. It is unclear how the bankruptcy will affect activities there.

Shelley Kofler, KERA

Some Frisco residents want more details about what will be buried on the property of the Exide lead battery plant which has closed. 

Exide officials say they will answer citizen questions at a public meeting scheduled for 7:00 p.m. tonight at Frisco’s Heritage Center.

Members of Frisco Unleaded, a group that successfully fought to close the battery recycling plant, say they are now concerned that contaminated materials will be buried on the 75 acre plant site which sits in the middle of Frisco.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Citizens who fought for the closure of the Exide lead battery plant in Frisco are now preparing to take legal action. 

Exide’s exit from the city of Frisco was formalized last night quickly and without dissent. That’s a stark contrast to the three-year, citizen-led campaign to push the lead battery manufacturer out of the community.

Frisco Citizens concerned about dangerous levels of lead found in the air, say they’re thrilled and relieved that the Exide lead battery plant in their community has decided to close.

A battery recycling plant in Frisco will close by the end of the year after reaching a $45 million deal that could settle years of disputes over pollution and ground contamination.

The Frisco City Council has set the stage for a process that could close the Exide lead battery plant. But Exide is promising to fight back. KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports it may be a long, emotional battle.

The Frisco City Council will tonight consider several measures that could limit the ability of Exide’s lead battery plant to meet clean air requirements and continue operating.

The Exide plant has faced growing citizen opposition since the EPA said the air near the plant contains a dangerous amount of lead. Lead can affect learning in children. State inspections also found lead contamination around the plant.

The fight over the Frisco lead smelter got hotter last night. Frisco’s Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously rejected a plan that would have favored Exide, the city’s long-standing smelter and recycler. Exide opponents call it a victory. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports plant workers now fear the business might close or move, taking their jobs.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Citizens who want the Exide lead battery plant out of Frisco are turning up the heat on city officials. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports on demands they presented to the city council last night.

You couldn't miss the forty some members of Frisco Unleaded. They were the ones wearing badges with a bright red line crossing out the Exide name. Some wore tall burning Exide smokestacks on their heads and carried signs that read, "Punish the Polluters".

Shiby Matthew / Frisco Unleaded Member: Children are more affected by lead than adults. There are no safe levels of lead.