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My turn: Elimination of lead a planned move?

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From page A4 | January 01, 2014 | 4 Comments

The last lead smelter in the United States—which produces lead bullion from raw lead ore for ammunition manufacturers, among other purposes–is set to close in December due to the EPA increasing air quality standards 10-fold, according to the NRA-ILA.

Several “secondary” smelters, where lead is recycled from products such as lead acid batteries or spent ammunition components, still operate in the United States. But the primary source for lead ammunition is closing. And we wonder if—like so many other things now coming to light with the federal government—it was planned to impact ammunition manufacturing.

The lies about lead have been promulgated by the mainstream media—and state and federal government officials–for decades now, to the point where most low-information voters now actually believe the lies.

The timing of the closure is interesting: just a month after 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. Is there any chance the EPA just found a new way to do it?

The smelter had made significant efforts to reduce lead emissions, 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, the smelter made the decision to close the Herculaneum smelter.

At this time, it’s unclear if the Doe Run smelter, 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. According to NRA-ILA, 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.

It appears that current state and federal leaders, from the White House on down, have agenda items that they are pushing heavily—to the detriment of the survival of the United States.

Bill Karr, a Placerville resident, is editor of the Northen California edition of Western Oudoor News.

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  • David BryanDecember 30, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    The lead used in ammunition in the civilian marketplace in the United States comes almost exclusively from secondary sources, such as recycled car batteries. The National Sports Shooting Foundation has said that they do not foresee the closing of the Herculaneum smelter, which processes primary lead, from having any effect on cost or availability of traditional lead ammunition. The National Sports Shorting Foundation works with the ammunition manufacturing sector. Remember, EPA was sued by the Center for Biological Diversity to force the banning of lead shot. U.S. EPA has told the U.S. courts that it does not have standing under the Toxic Substances Control Act to ban lead shot. The U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld EPA's stand on the issue. Doe Run has a long history of violations of several environmental laws including federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Emergency Planning and Right-to-Know Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (sometimes known as Superfund), and the Missouri Air Conservation Law, Clean Water Law and Hazardous Waste Management Law.

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 11:37 am

    Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or a loved one's life. In daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation... This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, & everyone you know. After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in. 1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do :The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do! 2. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you... Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION! 3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives. 4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR , LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location. 5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage: A.) Be aware:look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor , and in the back seat. B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars. C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side.. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.) 6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!) 7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern! 8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim. 9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird.. The police told her 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door..' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby.. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night. 10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and then attack. Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!

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  • robertdnollJanuary 01, 2014 - 11:53 am

    booo

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  • 1036-FrankJanuary 02, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    Depending on upcoming national elections there could be three more long years of attempted liberal end-arounds the Constitution and 2nd Amendment with their goal to make anything related to guns if not banned outright, make them cost prohibitive or create new regulations like lead is suddenly "toxic." Meanwhile, the prison gates are wide open by court order, after five years of no new prisons in the state, resulting in the early released hordes of felons everywhere hiding from their parole agents and living on the streets as the "homeless." At the same time the borders of the country are wide-open, laws are not being enforced and trouble with illegal alien offenders with multiple deportations are increasing. This is time for all to not only support our Constitution and those upholding it, it is time for major liberal defeats at the polls.

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