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The Electric Vehicle Revolution Needs a Recycling Revolution, Too

1 month ago   |   By The New Republic

Late last June, a fire broke out at an abandoned paper mill in the small town of Morris about 60 miles south of Chicago. The firefighters who rushed to the scene discovered its warehouse contained an estimated 100 tons of lithium-ion batteries as well as a “large quantity of lead/acid batteries, nickel cadmium batteries, solar panels, and other waste electronics,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Residents within a half-mile radius evacuated to avoid the toxic fumes. It took nearly a week to extinguish the blaze. They didn't use water or foam because those materials “can...
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