The EPA has run the only lead smelter (Lead used by Federal, Lake City and others) out of the COuntry.
The last remaining lead smelter, in Herculaneum MO, is closing down. This will undoubtedly affect the price of lead, since the lead that is mined in Viburnum MO will now be sent out of the US for smelting.
Missouriâ€™s Lead Belt has been the primary source of lead for the US since 1700. A lead smelter has been in operation in Herculaneum since 1892. This is why Lake City, Federal, and other ammunition companies have been located in the region. The recent articles on shot towers donâ€™t really apply to the ammunition industry that existed on the bluffs of the Mississippi river, since no tower was needed. The top of the â€˜shot towerâ€™ was simply an overhang by the river.
The EPAâ€™s new clean air rules would require a $100 million dollar investment in new equipment. As such, the Doe Run Company has decided to close the site.
Almost all lead now coming from China, Australia and Peru.