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Exide Technologies Investigating Cause Of Fire

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Exide Technologies Investigating Cause Of Fire

The Exide Technologies lead-acid battery recycling facility in Wellington (Petone), New Zealand is working with the local fire service to investigate the cause of a fire which broke out at the Petone operation at 9 p.m. Saturday evening. The fire was contained, there were no resulting injuries, and the Company does not anticipate significant damages or any threat to the environment. Exide Technologies (NASDAQ: XIDE, www.exide.com) is a global leader in stored electrical energy solutions.

Early indications from the fire service are that the fire appears to have started from an electrical source and progressed into the roof in a non-lead processing area at the facility. The plant was not operating at the time, and the smoke reported by local residents was predominantly caused by a combination of burning wooden pallets, plastic wrapping material and roofing materials.

As a result of the fire, Exide is confident that there was no significant release of environmental contaminants or risk to the public. All environmental controls were - and continue to be - fully operational; the facility's negative pressure system, which ensures that all harmful particulate matter is sucked back into the building, was functioning normally during the incident.

Exide, in conjunction with the Greater Wellington Regional Council, monitors all lead emissions on the plant's boundary fence and in the surrounding neighbourhood. Results of the lab tests on samples from these monitoring sites are expected to be available in ten days.

"Exide is committed to protecting the environment as well as the health and safety of our own employees and those in the community. We will continue to make the necessary investments that are designed to benefit the people in our facilities and our neighbors in Petone," said Neville Manson, Manager of the Exide Technologies Petone recycling operation. "We regret any concern regarding the fire, and we will be communicating with local residents as additional information becomes available."

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