Environmentalists: Be sure plant site is clean
BATON ROUGE - Environmental activists are asking the state to ensure that hazardous wastes left after the closure of a battery recycling plant don't cause any harm.
The Exide Technologies Baton Rouge Recycling Center is preparing to shut down. The Louisiana Environmental Action Network has asked the state Department of Environmental Quality to make sure there is enough money to close the facility properly and to confirm that hazardous waste on the site has been properly removed.
The Advocate reports that operations of the plant at 2400 Brooklawn Drive in north Baton Rouge have been going on since the late 1960s.
Exide bought the facility in 1999 and it operated as Exide Corp. Baton Rouge Smelter.
The plant's name later was changed to Exide Technologies Baton Rouge Recycling Center.