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

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  1. Treetop

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    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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    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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  4. Argentium

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    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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    The better solution would to be close down the EPA.
     
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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?:questionmark::dontknow::ahhhhh::afraid::vollkommenauf::goodnight:

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