Last U.S. Lead Smelter to Close in December Due to EPA – Might Affect Ammo Production
BY DAN CANNON
OCTOBER 28 2013
According to the NRA-ILA, the last primary lead smelter in the United States will close down its operation in December.
This means the US will lose its capability to produce lead ammo completely within its borders from the process of mining to production of commercial cartridges.
Here is the press release from the NRA-ILA.
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.