Lead Ban Chronicles – Last US Lead Smelter Closing
October 29, 2013
Just a note that is related and not related to the lead ammo ban discussion. However, what it does suggest is that lead ammo prices won’t be coming down any time soon, and will probably continue to increase. Copper may start to look pretty darned good.
What am I talking about? The news came out last week, but it wasn’t until I read the stories that I realized the implications of the last US lead smelter shutting its doors. Due to increased regulatory restrictions, the company in Herculaneum, MO has realized that it can’t meet the emissions rules.
There are still recycled lead smelters operating in the country, but with the loss of this major facility, lead bullion for ammunition manufacture is bound to be more difficult (and expensive) to acquire. Seriously, it might be time to start looking at lead alternatives for a whole new reason… it may be as cheap as, or cheaper than, lead.
Funny how things happen.