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Old 11-22-2013, 05:09 PM
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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.

At this time, it's unclear if Doe Run or another company will open a new lead smelter in the United States that can meet the more stringent lead air quality standards by using more modern smelting methods. What is clear is that after the Herculaneum smelter closes its doors in December, entirely domestic manufacture of conventional ammunition, from raw ore to finished cartridge, will be impossible.
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Once again, the Obama Administration has done an end run around our existing laws to try and eliminate the 2cd. amendment.
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Once again, the Obama Administration has done an end run around our existing laws to try and eliminate the 2cd. amendment.
Pretty sure the 2cd Amendment doesn't protect your right to smelt... Looks like another stretched conspiracy theory to me.
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Once again, the Obama Administration has done an end run around our existing laws to try and eliminate the 2cd. amendment.
I do thank you for this news. Small businesws have been going out of business sense I got back from the Nam.

Heck I had a great job working in this guys garage with 6 others. Those days have gone.

I had several like the above till the early to mid 1970's then they were gone.

And I believe Xcali is correct. But this is both great yet sad news so again 40yearfan.

And it seems that Obama is using a lot of the governments departments to achive his goals. What ever they are in the long run.

In hard times like the present small businesses like this one could ruin any small town.
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Once again, the Obama Administration has done an end run around our existing laws to try and eliminate the 2cd. amendment.
I do believe you are right, the ends justify the means with this administration. While saying he supports the second amendment he turns around and uses the EPA to out outlaw smelting lead in which bullets are made. ******* liberals can't/won't see the hypocrisy of obama, no matter how blatant it is.
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Hmmm…..


Lets' get this straight…..

More guns and ammunition have been sold under the Obama administration than any other and yet, some wingnuts still claim he's "trying to take our guns away"…….???




You can't fix stupid, obviously…...
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Well we all have opinions so if I am wrong to say Xcali might be correct please guys show me where this is against the second amendment?

Sense I never locked into my memory.. I am a man and can always be wrong and would be happy to admit it.

And I am not saying I don't believe either of you. I just said he might be correct.

So in asking I am trying to find the truth.
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I do believe you are right, the ends justify the means with this administration. While saying he supports the second amendment he turns around and uses the EPA to out outlaw smelting lead in which bullets are made. ******* liberals can't/won't see the hypocrisy of obama, no matter how blatant it is.
Like that plant was the "only" source for manufacturers to get lead…..




Who thinks like this……???

Geez…...
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Pretty sure the 2cd Amendment doesn't protect your right to smelt... Looks like another stretched conspiracy theory to me.
HAha! You mean you hadn't read this

The right to smelt shall not be infringed.
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Pretty sure the 2cd Amendment doesn't protect your right to smelt... Looks like another stretched conspiracy theory to me.
I could have bet my house anti-gun people would find this having nothing to do with controlling firearms. I would have won.

The EPA and all its stooges are headed for the Sunset Employment agency soon, as a matter of fact.
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