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Old 08-20-2014, 10:00   #1
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Lead Plant Closing

As posted elsewhere, the last lead production plant is the US is closing because of the cost of EPA regulations.

Some people are worried that may drive up the cost of bullets and loaded ammo.

However, for several years the US has been getting a lot of lead from recycling and from imports.

Does anyone know how much of our current US lead usage was being produced by the one factory, and how much was recycled/imported? Might help us predict what will happen to prices.

Let's save some bandwidth by skipping the tirades about Obama and the EPA.
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:05   #2
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That plant makes (or made) NEW lead. All other lead is recycled at many other plants.

According to the bullet manufacturers, NONE of their lead came from that plant. It is ALL recycled.

This is old news and has no impact on bullet availability. Some of the bullet manufacturers have info on their web site about this topic.

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Old 08-20-2014, 16:16   #3
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I have read several accounts of what he said ^^^

And Obama will dethrone Carter. No doubt about it.
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Old 08-20-2014, 16:18   #4
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The Chinese will pick up the slack.
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The Chinese will pick up the slack.
But how are they going to poison the lead?

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Old 08-20-2014, 18:48   #6
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As posted elsewhere, the last lead production plant is the US is closing because of the cost of EPA regulations.
I literally saw a letter from the EPA today, telling another government agency they were being turned over to enforcement, because they were required to apply to renew a permit 6 months before the permit expired and they didn't meet the deadline. It said the fine would be up to $25,000 per day.
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Old 08-20-2014, 19:58   #7
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Just an FYI, the last primary lead smelter in the US isn't closing. It happened almost 8 months ago. The Doe Run Company ceased operations at it's primary lead smelter in Herculaneum, MO on Dec. 31, 2013.

As far as ammo is concerned, I've seen two articles citing ammo supply only taking up 3% of smelted lead in the US.
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Old 08-20-2014, 23:29   #8
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Metal.com is a good look at shanghai's metals market, they will send you market price every week, at least.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:34   #9
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Thanks for the info.
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But how are they going to poison the lead?

Add arsenic of course.
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