The Doe Run Lead Smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri has been in business since 1892 but will close its doors this month. It is the last primary lead smelting plant in the US. It’s closure will put 145 Doe Run employees, and approximately 73 contractors out of work.
The closure really began in 2008, When Obama came into office. Soon after, the EPA set new extremely tight air quality restrictions on this plant and only this plant. The regulations were increased by 10 fold and it would have cost the plant $100 million to comply.
According to a press release from the company:
In 2010, Doe Run reached a comprehensive settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Missouri. As part of that settlement, the Company agreed to discontinue its smelting operations in Herculaneum by the end of 2013. Over the operating life of the smelter, the Company spent millions of dollars in environmental and other upgrades. Continuing to upgrade the aging smelter to attempt to meet the increasingly stringent environmental regulations imposed on primary lead smelters was not economically feasible given the many other requirements of our business.
The Company had hoped to bring a revolutionary lead metal production technology online prior to the closure of the smelter. This proprietary, new technology uses a wet-chemical, electrowinning process instead of a heat-based smelting process, greatly reducing sulfur dioxide and lead emissions. In 2012, we announced that the cost to build a comparably-sized electrowinning plant was too great for our company, given the present economic conditions and other demands on our operations.
In response to the Doe Run lead smelter shutdown, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the Doe Run 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.
But why would Obama’s administration go after one manufacturing plant in general? Why would the EPA force a manufacturing plant out of business when the nation has 10% unemployment and a floundering economy as well as a manufacturing sector that is leaving our shores for cheaper places like China?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in response to the Doe Run lead smelter shutdown, said that the Doe Run 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.
What a hippie bunch of crap. To further spread it on; “For years families with children near Doe Run’s facilities have been exposed to unacceptable levels of lead, one of the most dangerous neurotoxins in the environment,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement Assurance.
So what does this have to do with Obama trying to destroy your 2nd Amendment right to defend yourself? Simple. What are bullets made from? Lead.
There are a few auxiliary lead processing plants remaining in the USA but their function is to re-claim lead from old batteries, not to refine lead mined from the ground by good hard working Americans.
So what all this means is that starting in 2014, all ammo that will be available to US citizens will have to be imported, which will increase the price and might even come under government control because it is imported. I don’t know about you but this pisses me off, as a gun wielding American. GIVE ME BACK MY BULLETS!!!
What makes the situation even worse is how the US Military and Homeland Defense has been buying up huge amounts of ammunition over the last couple of years. Companies have been working hard to fill their government contracts and prices for civilians have went up and up due to supply and demand issues.
So what is a gun owner to do?
Other than copper ammo there is copper ammo, but it’s very expensive to make, and pure copper bullets are commonly referred to as ‘cop killers’ so they can’t be sold. China is the largest miner of lead and the largest importer of scrap lead in the world. With the US no longer producing lead, all supplies will now have to come from China, Australia or Peru.