CHICAGO -- Mark Thorsby, Executive Vice President of Battery Council International, responded with the following statement to Governor Brown’s announcement Wednesday on funding for cleanup near the former Exide Battery Recycling facility in Vernon, Assemblywoman Garcia’s related announcement Wednesday on supportive legislation and today’s announcements at the Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights.
“The lead battery industry is strongly committed to assuring a healthy environment for our neighbors and our workers. In fact, lead batteries are the most recycled consumer product in the world. More than 99% of all lead in batteries used in North America is recycled. Our closed-loop process is critical to ensuring the safety and sustainability of these essential products. We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature to assure ongoing, safe battery recycling and prompt attention to public health concerns.
We also expect to work cooperatively with DTSC as it responds to the Governor’s announcement and commitment to site cleanup.
Lead is a metal that is used in the manufacturing of batteries for many uses. Some are well known: starting automobiles, trucks, lawn and garden equipment, snow and water sport vehicles, motorcycles and golf carts. But lead batteries also make possible the “start-stop” vehicle control systems that are helping vehicle manufacturers meet Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards and reduce air emissions. And they play a crucial role in supplying backup power for cell phone towers, hospitals and data storage servers.
The majority of Americans rely on lead batteries in some way every day, and we are committed to manufacturing and recycling them in ways that do not compromise workers or public health.
For decades, we have strongly supported legislation that removes impediments to recycling, and look forward to working with Assemblywoman Garcia, President Pro Tem de Leon and other leaders in the legislature to bring improvements to California’s statutes.”