So, we’re all to use more batteries. In our cars, to store solar power, to stor wind power etc.
So, they’re closing battery recycling plants on environmental grounds:
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control said Thursday it would issue an order to begin the shutdown of the embattled Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon.
The announcement comes as federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials prepared to join Vernon representatives Thursday morning outside the U.S. attorney’s office in downtown L.A. to announce the closure of the plant.
Under a deal between federal officials and the company, Exide acknowledges criminal conduct, including the illegal storage and transportation of hazardous waste but will avoid prosecution in exchange for shutting down, demolishing and cleaning its 15-acre battery recycling plant about five miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
The agreement calls for the immediate closure of the battery recycling facility and estimates that Exide’s direct costs of compliance are well in excess of $100 million, including the company walking away from recent improvements to the facility and incurring new costs for lead and plastic that must now be purchased to manufacture new batteries.
Seriously, anyone think that the environmental costs of producing virgin lead are going to be less than recycling it?
It’s entirely possible that this plant wasn’t well run, I’ve no information about that. But to insist on ever greater battery use while closing down the recycling plants is just mad.
And no, lithium batteries won’t be any different. You still need to recycle them.