Skip to comments.End of an Era: Last U.S. Lead Smelter to Close in December
Posted on 10/27/2013 9:12:13 AM PDT by Nachum
In December, the final primary lead smelter in the United States will close. The lead smelter, located in Herculaneum, Missouri, and owned and operated by the Doe Run Company, has existed in the same location since 1892.
The Herculaneum smelter is currently the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead bullion from raw lead ore that is mined nearby in Missouri's extensive lead deposits, giving the smelter its "primary" designation. The lead bullion produced in Herculaneum is then sold to lead product producers, including ammunition manufactures for use in conventional ammunition components such as projectiles, projectile cores, and primers. Several "secondary" smelters, where lead is recycled from products such as lead acid batteries or spent ammunition components, still operate in the United States.
Doe Run made significant efforts to reduce lead emissions from the smelter, but in 2008 the federal Environmental Protection Agency issued new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for lead that were 10 times tighter than the previous standard. Given the new lead air quality standard, Doe Run made the decision to close the Herculaneum smelter.
Whatever the EPA's motivation when creating the new lead air quality standard, increasingly restrictive regulation of lead is likely to affect the production and cost of traditional ammunition. Just this month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will ban lead ammunition for all hunting in California. The Center for Biological Diversity has tried multiple times to get similar regulations at the federal level by trying, and repeatedly failing, to get the EPA to regulate conventional ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
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Too hard to ban lead in bullets and shot pellets, so regulate the only lead smelter out of business.
The EPA needs to go away. It is anti-American.
just a question....
has anyone come up with a comparable composite that can take leads place in ammo?
Another production industry destroyed thanks to the EPA.
Can’t have them recycling that nasty lead now can we?
It’s better to export those jobs to China.
“has anyone come up with a comparable composite that can take lead’s place in ammo?”
Yes. But not in density.
So if somebody wants to build a lead smelter, they can; its just that it will bankrupt them, because theyre going to be charged a huge sum for all that pollution thats being emitted,
Nah, the lead products will be imported from China.
Who in their right mind would build anything that is subject to the whims of the psychopath in the White House.
If an enemy nation took over this country they wouldn’t do anything thing different that what Uncle Scam has been doing the past twenty years.
This is where another commie lib fiasco is going to blow up in their faces. They’ll pass amnesty and the illegal aliens “citizens” will go from stealing copper to stealing lead to earn beer money. Liberal progs are morons.
No need to worry, all of that lead ore is probably on a ship to china right now for processing, and will be sold back to us at a discount (not).
In the mean time, old car batteries are going to be your only source of easily obtainable lead for the near future, that is, until the EPA/k-street/china lobby figures out how to ban them.
The EPA is incompatible with modern life.
Solid copper bullets work well for hunting, but obviously going to be more expensive. Tungsten and bismuth are used as substitutes for lead in fishing weighs.
Hmmmm a tungsten core with a tungsten-bismuth sheath would be a penetrator. Add some magnesium to the core . . .
> has anyone come up with a comparable composite that can take leads place in ammo?
Short answer... NO!
Steel wears the rifling too fast.
Copper is fine for shooting, but is much more poisonous than lead. (A wounded animal can live for years with a piece of lead, but the same size piece of copper will form copper salts and poison them to an agonizing death.) In the 1700s and 1800s copper musket balls were labeled as poisonous by International Law. I don’t know if it’s still true; we have better battlefield surgery now and the copper would be removed by a surgeon before it got to the poison stage.
A lot of people are correct to assume the government doesn’t want us to have guns. Where they are mistaken is in how the government will do it.
There will not be police or military personnel going door to door searching your home. They will do it through the courts and bureaucracy by attacking the suppliers and manufacturers of guns and ammunition. They will bankrupt and destroy as many as they can, unless they toe the line and only sell to the government.
As for the ones already in possession by the people, I imagine they will be taxed and registered, with harsh penalties for those who fail to do so. The taxes will increase to a point where only the wealthy will have them. The average person will have to decide whether to give their guns up, or hide them and face prison time and fines if they get caught with them, or have to use them in self-defense.
That’s where we are headed. They won’t do something as bold as confiscate the guns head on in the open.
Truthfully, there are several minerals that you just can’t mine cheap or easy, and make for dreadful pollution.
I remember seeing a picture from a South American mercury mine, in which once a month workers would have to sit in a wooden box lined with 100 Watt light bulbs, to sweat as much mercury out of their system as possible. They still died young, with few making it to their 50’s.
Watch, the Mob and Gangs will be running illegal smelting facilities....
The goes Laz’s slag removal job.
Next the EPA will restrict lead imports.
Who is John Galt?
My brother-in-law used to canvass service stations for discarded lead tire-weights.He hs buckets full of them.He could see the future!
But if we are going to have things like anti-pollution requirements then we need to raise the import tariffs for countries that do not or we throw our people out of work and destroy our own industries.
How about spent uranium? used in tank ammo. /s
Galena, IL used to be a big lead town, U. S. Grant’s hometown. Been there
Get it while you can!
Actually, I might feel more secure relying on china for ammo rather than the whims of the obviously anti 2nd ammendment crowd in dc.
Capitol Hill is easily the MOST polluted area in the US. It has done far more harm to America and her citizens than anything that any lead smelting operation could possibly do.
The White House is the second most polluted area in the US ...
Tyranny is far more deadly than lead ...
“Too hard to ban lead in bullets and shot pellets, so regulate the only lead smelter out of business.”
But what about all the lead they need for the batteries for all their “clown car” Toyota Piouses, and Honda Twits?”
Lead is also used in soldering electronic parts. Even though there has been a move towards “no lead solder” in the electronics industry, it does not work in certain applications, such as medical devices, military, avionics, wastewater treatment and underwater oil exploration.
Uh, from the article excerpt above:
Just this month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will ban lead ammunition for all hunting in California.
Hmmm. So lead smelted lead refined is bad, but galena, the rock ore that Pb is extracted from, is just fine in situ?
Well, Maybe one ought to check out the free lead and leachate lead associated with the rock in the ground before simply declaring lead smelting a “hazard” while the ground adjacent is , well, made of lead bearing rock....
So much for science and PC spin.
The price of silver has been down for quite a while...good enough for the Lone Ranger, good enough for me!
‘swhy lead was removed from gasoline.
You could look it up...
Tungsten and depleted uranium come to mind, I'd stick to lead if at all possible.
Fiorina 161 will pick up the slack.
Of course, anything that might be considered “armor piercing” will be banned eventually as well.
I hope so, otherwise it’s just yet more lost manufacturing and the jobs that go with it.
The Herculaneum smelter is currently the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead bullion from raw lead ore that is mined nearby in Missouri's extensive lead deposits, giving the smelter its "primary" designation. The lead bullion produced in Herculaneum is then sold to lead product producers, including ammunition manufactures for use in conventional ammunition components such as projectiles, projectile cores, and primers.
Doe Run skipped the upgrades that every other mineral processing industry did, including coal, copper, iron ore, etc.
So, the recycle type smelters will get more business....unitl the EPA turns sauron’s eye toward them. Downside, scarcity and higher prices... upside, won’t have to worry about californistan’s impact on the market much longer.