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“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
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....
By hook or by crook. Obama said he was going to do something about gun control well here ya go.
No executive orders required. Just sic the EPA on the problem.
Now the Feds have all the ammo they need to last for 100 years we can have whatever is left.
What? Nothing left?
"You fear mongers, they're not coming for your guns, stop with your crazy conspiracies!"
They were right: they didn't come for our guns, just the ammunition.
On the bright side black market lead should be about the same as gold soon.
Good thing I have a bucket full.edit on 31-10-2013 by Asktheanimals because: added commentedit on 31-10-2013 by Asktheanimals because: (no reason given)
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.
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Not to worry. China will produce the same ammo cheaper just as we now get cheaper ammo from the formerly Soviet countries. 'Course, there could be complications of a multitude of types, import restrictions, export restrictions, etc. But as for right now, no problem. The Chinese folk get to eat lead in ways most of us can't imagine.
(I know, bad joke.)
Good news is China does 3 X more lead smelting than the U.S. maybe they will be our suppliers now ? OOps forgot about the whole U.N. Arms trade agreement thingy sitting in the wings....?
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Batteries account for 85 percent of lead demand, compared with 27 percent in 1960, according to the International Lead Association in London, whose members include Xstrata and BHP Billiton Ltd. Vehicles make up 60 percent of battery consumption, according to the ILZSG, created by the United Nations in 1959. Demand is also coming from sales of electric bicycles, each of which requires 12 to 55 kilograms of lead, and there are about 157 million of them on China’s roads.
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Those were some good points you made... As far as the plant pollution @ approx. 3:22 in the video it says the plant had pioneered a process that totally eliminated 99% of any smelting pollution.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that St. Louis-based Doe Run -- North America's largest lead producer -- has agreed to spend approximately $65 million to correct violations of environmental laws at ten of its lead mining, milling and smelting facilities in Missouri. The settlement also requires the company to pay a $7 million civil penalty.
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.