Demand Public Meeting on Exide's Plans to Pollute in Bristol

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Exide Technologies has filed an application with the Tennessee Division of Air Pollution Control to obtain an air contaminant permit at their plant located at 364 Exide Drive in Bristol. 

The plant ceased operation in 2014 and Exide is proposing to restart its formation operation which will consist of dry unformed batteries being filled, charged, cooled and formed into batteries that will be sold off-site. This permit will allow Exide to produce and release 2,460 pounds (1.23 tons) of sulfuric acid and 1.2 pounds of lead per year into the air/water in Bristol. This will negatively impact local homes, businesses, residents' health, our environment and wildlife. 

We deserve to know more about this important public health and safety issue. For example, what are the potential negative impacts these emissions could have on surrounding homes, residents’ health and safety, and the environment and wildlife. Are any impact studies on Exide’s planned emissions going to be required? What regulations and air and water monitoring technology and controls will be in place to ensure that Exide does not exceed their allotted emissions? How often will the plant be inspected to ensure compliance? What measures and penalties are in place should Exide- as has occurred before at their Bristol plant- exceed emissions or be found in non-compliance?

These questions and more are why we must demand a public meeting on this issue from the Tennessee Department of Air Pollution Control. Unfortunately, we only have until MARCH 20th to request a public meeting which is when public comment on the permit closes. Unless a meeting is requested, the permit will likely be approved and we will not be able to do anything to stop it...or learn more.

Please join with your neighbors and residents in SIGNING this PETITION requesting a public meeting on Exide’s proposed permit and emissions in Bristol. It will only take a minute or less of your time.

You can also send an email by March 20th to OR express your comments, concerns or request for a public meeting in writing to Mrs. Michelle W. Owenby, Director, Division of Air Pollution Control, William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 15th Floor, Nashville, Tennessee 37243. 

We deserve to learn more about Exide’s permit and plans for our community given that Exide has one of the worst public health and environmental safety records of any company in the U.S. and have been subject to millions of dollars in fines and criminal charges in several communities- including Bristol!

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