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    Default Last Remaining Lead Smelter in the U.S. to Shut Down

    Remember when "O" promised the anti gunners that he was "working behind the scenes" to achieve their goals? Thanks to his EPA, ALL domestic mined lead ore will now have to be shipped overseas, refined, then shipped back the U.S. We just THOUGHT that ammo and reloading components were expensive and hard to obtain now! Tt.


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    Last Remaining Lead Smelter In The USA Closing After 120 Years

    Suddenly the US Army’s obsession with lead-free ammunition makes perfect sense, it was about security not the environment. A reader writes …

    The last remaining lead smelter, in Herculaneum MO, is closing down. This will undoubtedly affect the price of lead, since the lead that is mined in Viburnum MO will now be sent out of the US for smelting.

    Missouri’s Lead Belt has been the primary source of lead for the US since 1800. A lead smelter has been in operation in Herculaneum since 1892. This is why Lake City, Federal, and other ammunition companies have been located in the region. The recent articles on shot towers don’t really apply to the ammunition industry that existed on the bluffs of the Mississippi river, since no tower was needed. The top of the ‘shot tower’ was simply an overhang by the river.

    The EPA’s new clean air rules would require a $100 million dollar investment in new equipment. As such, the Doe Run Company has decided to close the site.
    According to STL Today reports that the 145 jobs will be lost and the company will terminate 73 contractors. My understanding is that most, if not all, mines that produce lead ore in the USA also produce a number of other minerals, so this does not necessarily mean job losses in the mining sector.

    With the USA no longer producing lead, almost all of the worlds lead will come from China, Australia and Peru.

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    Doe Run workers to be cut at end of December

    HERCULANEUM • About 145 employees of the Doe Run lead smelter have learned they will lose their jobs at the end of December because of the plant’s closure, the Doe Run Co. said Wednesday. An additional 73 contractor jobs also will be eliminated.

    The job cuts were expected. The plant, which has operated for more than a century and is the lone remaining lead smelter in the United States, announced in 2010 that it will cease operations at the end of this year.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the company “made a business decision” to shut down the smelter instead of installing pollution control technologies needed to reduce sulfur dioxide and lead emissions as required by the Clean Air Act.

    The Doe Run Co. announced last year that it had dropped plans to build a new lead processing facility in Herculaneum that would have used a new, cleaner lead production technology. The company cited the

    $100 million project as too financially risky.

    Employees were notified of their future with the company or of their impending layoff between Sept. 30 and Oct. 8 in face-to-face meetings, said Tammy Stankey, a company spokeswoman.

    The company will keep about 75 employees into 2014 to operate its refinery and strip mill and to prepare the property “for closure and repurposing.” It expects to have transferred 43 employees to other Doe Run divisions by this year’s end, according to a company statement.

    Some operations, such as the water treatment plant, will operate indefinitely, and a maintenance staff will remain to “maintain essential facilities,” the company said.

    The company said it had been working with employees for months to help them transition to new roles and had set up a career center to help with resume writing, interviewing and job searches.

    “We have a very talented workforce and encourage businesses looking for dedicated, hardworking and skilled employees to contact us,” Gary Hughes, general manager of the smelter, said in the statement.
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    It looks like the story was pulled. Your copy and paste seems to be the only evidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornelius View Post
    It looks like the story was pulled. Your copy and paste seems to be the only evidence.
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    Doe Run Company’s primary smelter in Herculaneum will be closing by agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency. North America’s leading lead producer also agreed to spend over $65 million to correct violations of environmental law, and an additional $7 million in civil penalties.

    Doe Run agreed to a consent decree from the EPA in order to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.





    “The closure was really a result of increasing standards and an aging facility,” said Tammy Stankey, Doe Run’s senior communications liaison.

    Lead air emission levels were not the issue from the 100-year-old smelter, but sulfur dioxide levels would have been costly to control.

    “It would have been an astronomical amount of money. It wasn’t a close call, the decision to close the smelter,” said Stankey.

    The settlement regarding issues at the Herculaneum smelter was also reached, in part, due to the risk of potential litigation, according to Doe Run’s vice president of legal, Mark Wohl.

    The closing of the Herculaneum smelter will annually reduce air emissions by at least 101,000 tons of carbon dioxide, 42,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, 30 tons of lead, 23 tons of particulate matter, 22 tons of carbon monoxide, 13.5 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 2.5 tons of volatile organic chemicals, according to the EPA.

    Doe Run believes that it is lead oxide that comes from lead paint that is actually the risk for people’s health and the environment, Wohl said. He stated that Doe Run has worked to decrease the percent of lead in chat and tailing, and lessen the environmental impact.

    “We’ve cleaned up homes and yards beyond EPA requirements. We only found high levels of lead in one yard,” he said.

    The EPA settlement requires Doe Run continue to checking yards and homes within one and a half miles of the smelter over the next five years. Wohl stated that routine environmental checks were already company policy.

    “We're working hard to do our fair share of remediation work in Missouri, and are committed to working in a responsible manner,” Wohl said in a released statement.

    Even after the closing of the Herculaneum facility Doe Run faced potential closure due to costly litigation. HB 650 put in place protections and limitations of compensatory rewards for lead mining companies. It sweepingly passed the House and Senate, only to be overridden by Governor Jay Nixon July 12.

    The veto was overridden by the legislature Sept. 11.

    "We are pleased that the majority of Missouri's legislators supported a responsible approach that allows companies like ourselves to conduct remediation of former mine sites under approved plans, without fear of unreasonable litigation,” Wohl’s release stated.

    Doe Run will continue to invest millions annually in remediation, lead clean up, and environmentally friendly technology, Wohl said.

    The EPA has placed limitation on the amount of finished primary lead for the remainder of the 2013 year, before production ceases Dec. 31.

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    Default Re: Last Remaining Lead Smelter in the U.S. to Shut Down

    This really sucks, just another step in de-industrialization. Lead is an essential component in many industries and now we're going to depend on imports of refined lead. I know lead processing is a dirty business; there's only so much you can do to make it environmentally benign. The watermelon (green on the outside, red inside) eco-weenies won't be satisfied until every mine, smelter, blast furnace, steel mill and foundry are shuttered and the few of us remaining in those jobs, are working in solar-powered "green industries", weaving baskets or whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornelius View Post
    It looks like the story was pulled. Your copy and paste seems to be the only evidence.
    Really?

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    The better solution would to be close down the EPA.

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    Default Re: Last Remaining Lead Smelter in the U.S. to Shut Down

    I call BS to this story, there's a smelter not far from where I live.

    http://www.epa.gov/region02/waste/fsrevere.htm

    Revere Smelting and Refining Corporation of NJ (Revere) operates a secondary lead smelter at 65 Ballard Road in Middletown, New York. Revere currently is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eco-Bat NY, LLC. The previous owner was Revere Smelting and Refining Corporation. The facility is located in a rural area of southeastern New York and occupies a 55-acre parcel of land, approximately one third of which is used for plant operations. The remainder consists mainly of undeveloped property containing overgrown fields, mature woodlands, wetlands and a small pond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by <===Foolsgold View Post
    I call BS to this story, there's a smelter not far from where I live.
    Yours is a secondary smelter. That means that they deal with secondary sources like lead recovered from batteries. The one that is closing smelts ore. This is just another nail in the coffin of manufacturing in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornelius View Post
    It looks like the story was pulled. Your copy and paste seems to be the only evidence.

    Try this link:

    Lead Smelter to Close in December.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aurumag View Post
    your link just jumps... is that some kind of joke? or do I have a problem with my computer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornelius View Post
    your link just jumps... is that some kind of joke? or do I have a problem with my computer?
    I have no problems with the link using Chrome on Windows 7.

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    Well for what it's worth,I have a friend who works there in the Lab.
    It IS closing & many jobs with it.
    Batteries,bullets are gonna be even more expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJim#1-8 View Post
    Well for what it's worth,I have a friend who works there in the Lab.
    It IS closing & many jobs with it.
    Batteries,bullets are gonna be even more expensive.

    Lead has many purposes, and it can be contained and managed. It occurs naturally.

    But now if we want lead, we will have to buy it from someone like China, arguably the world's most significant pollution producer.

    The EPA is a classic example of a Cabinet level department run amok with a bottomless budget bag, and in this case, the power to destroy domestic lead production.


    That link works fine, and this will not end well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aurumag View Post
    Lead has many purposes, and it can be contained and managed. It occurs naturally.

    But now if we want lead, we will have to buy it from someone like China, arguably the world's most significant pollution producer.

    The EPA is a classic example of a Cabinet level department run amok with a bottomless budget bag, and in this case, the power to destroy domestic lead production.


    That link works fine, and this will not end well.
    QWAK,When we start buying LEAD from China the question is will they sell there lead for US DOLLARS or donate lead free out of there guns?

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