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Exide/EPA Investigation
Reading, PA

Exide Site

The Exide Technologies facility occupies approximately 50 acres of land and is located in Laureldale Borough and Muhlenberg Township, just northeast of Reading, PA. The Facility currently manufactures and recycles lead batteries. The recycled lead is smelted and cast into lead-alloy bars to make new battery plates.

As a result of 35 years of lead smelter operations prior to the installation of air pollution controls and the advent of the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Facility contributed to lead emissions that impacted the surrounding communities. The source of lead off-site is believed to be general plant operation prior to the introduction of air pollution control requirements in the late 60s. Currently, the facility operations are subject to air permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (PADEP) Bureau of Air Quality.

In August 2000, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) to Exide to investigate the extent of lead contamination in soil near the Facility and to cleanup properties that have been adversely impacted by the lead emissions. The following section outlines the Exide investigation and cleanups with pertinent Web links that explain the specifics and progress of the project.

Some documents in the section below are Adobe Acrobat PDF files. [about PDF]

Site Background

Administrative Order on Consent

Exide Investigation

Exide Cleanups

Activities by Year

2001       2002       2003       2004       2005       2006       2007       2008      2009

Bernhart Park

Public Meetings

Community Program

Odor Issues

For odor issues from the Exide facility please contact Will Borst of PADEP at
(610) 916-0130 or email at wborst@state.pa.us

Government and Facility Contacts

Mr. Khai M. Dao
EPA Project Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: 1-800-352-1973 ext. 45467
Fax: (215) 814-3113
Email: dao.khai@epa.gov

Mr. John Krueger
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Southcentral Region
909 Elmerton Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 705-4938
Fax: (717) 705-4830
Email: jkrueger@state.pa.us

Mr. Matthew A. Love
Exide Technologies
3000 Montrose Avenue
Reading, PA 19605
Phone: (610) 921-4054
Fax: (610) 921-4062
Email: matt.love@exide.com

Information Repositories

U.S. EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Contact: Mr. Khai M. Dao
Phone: (215) 814-5467
Email : dao.khai@epa.gov

Region 3 The Mid-Atlantic States

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