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Frisco, Texas
[United States]
Posted on : May 30, 2012

After years of battle, the Exide lead battery recycling plant is agreeing to close its doors in Frisco. 

The company and the city of Frisco announced a proposed agreement today that would shutter the plant no later than December 31, so the city can sell the land surrounding the plant for $45 million.

In return, Exide promises to clean up the site and remove all structures except an administrative office and a wastewater treatment plant.

The surrounding 180 acres will be sold to the Frisco Community Development Corporation and the Frisco Economic Development Commission Corporation. The land will be sold to corporations, and some will also be turned into city parks.

Exide employs 134 workers at the plant according to its website, and the mayor of Frisco promises to help them get state assistance.

"I will ask the Texas Workforce Commission to provide their full resources to help Exide's workers find new employment," said Mayor Maher Maso in a statement released by Exide.

As the population of Frisco exploded, more residents complained about the plant's emissions fears of lead levels. The plant was built in 1964.

In May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control lowered its recommendations for the minimum level of lead in children's blood.

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