LOS ANGELES (AP) — State regulators have reached a deal with a Southern California battery recycler accused of releasing toxic air emissions that might have threatened the health of more than 100,000 people.

State and company officials Monday said Exide Technologies agreed to set aside $7.7 million to pay for new filters to lower its emissions and new piping for a storm-water system at its Vernon plant outside Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the money will also fund previously announced tests for lead and arsenic in the soil and dust in the area, as well as voluntary blood tests for people who might have been affected.

The deal means the state will drop its effort to temporarily close the plant. Also, the plan must be approved by a bankruptcy judge.


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