Last U.S. lead ammo company shut down by EPA

Apparently we are going to lose our Second Amendment rights without a fight, not even a whimper. The EPA now shutting down the last ore to lead producer. Gone. Finished. Now we are dependent on China. It is clear why the government has been buying up so much ammo.

The Examiner and James Rawles of SurvivalBlog.com detailed new importation restrictions set forth in a Presidential Executive Action following the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, which bans the importation of military surplus items that include magazines, firearms accessories and, of course, foreign ammunition.

HERCULANEUM • About 145 employees of the Doe Run lead smelter have learned they will lose their jobs at the end of December because of the plant’s closure, the Doe Run Co. said Wednesday. An additional 73 contractor jobs also will be eliminated.

The job cuts were expected. The plant, which has operated for more than a century and is the lone remaining lead smelter in the United States, announced in 2010 that it will cease operations at the end of this year.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the company “made a business decision” to shut down the smelter instead of installing pollution control technologies needed to reduce sulfur dioxide and lead emissions as required by the Clean Air Act.

The Doe Run Co. announced last year that it had dropped plans to build a new lead processing facility in Herculaneum that would have used a new, cleaner lead production technology. The company cited the

$100 million project as too financially risky.  More at St.Louis Dispatch

The government’s most recent efforts to reduce open market availability through taxation, individual purchase restrictions and a massive stockpiling effort by the Department of Homeland Security has forced ammunition prices to nearly triple, while also dwindling supplies of many popular calibers.

The all-out attack on Americans’ gun rights is now being taken to the next level.

The goal is to regulate all forms of ammunition out of existence, and they’re starting with Doe Run, which is the last of America’s domestic lead processing and manufacturing facilities.

Now, the only ore-to-lead producer in America… the largest in the Western world… has been shut down by EPA regulation.

EPA’s regulatory uncertainty and an estimated $100 million to convert [to non-smelter manufacturing] caused the company to finally throw in the towel.

Lead’s still going to be manufactured in China, but it’ll be done without any environmental oversight, it’ll be scarce, it’ll be expensive, and we’ll have fragile supply lines.

H/T and more over at: SHTF Plan:…

It’s party of multi-pronged attack on ammunition.

  • Drying up the market by hoarding billions of rounds
  • Shutting down the market with background checks, registration, and banning of online sales
  • Environmental regulation to ban the use and manufacture of lead

And after we can no longer manufacture ammunition domestically we have the UN Arms Trade Treaty to stop the importation of ammunition.

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First Fines Given to Ship Builder under Expanding Clean Air Act-Govt let it happen then fines the company!

Douglas Stewart over at Ameristroika brings us this good news. By now most know the end of coal production is coming soon if Obama and the EPA have their way.  U.S.Coal Industry-EPA Rule a setback for coal Now we learn, that it is not the only industry. From Doug Stewart:

I guess a small congrats is in order to the Obama administration. The first regulatory shakedown on marine equipment was a success. Fairbanks Morse Engines has been slapped with a $280,000 fine and has willingly “agreed” to spend upwards of half a million dollars “on an environmental project to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA’s marine diesel engine air rules”, according to the EPA’s report.:

Pollutant Impacts

No environmental harm resulted from the propulsion engines. The engines met EPA’s Tier 1 emission standards because they comply with international standards that pre-dated EPA’s Tier 1 emission standards.

Now, this actually gets interesting. Part of their violation comes from installing “32 uncertified FME engines as the main diesel generators on board eight new U.S. Navy’s auxiliary cargo and ammunition ship (T-AKE) class vessels.” Just so we all understand, they were working on government ships. Couldn’t there have been someone overseeing the installation just to make sure the proper engines were installed rather than letting the project proceed and fining them later?

And this all stemmed from about 40 mislabeled or non-labeled engines…ones that the government allowed to be installed. But yet they have no responsibility in any of this. Rather they swoop in as environmental superheroes and smack down the business. And this is the first action taken under the new rules within the Clean Air Act that now include all aspects of marine engines and ship building. Lets hope health care gets completely shot down from the Supreme Court. Can you imagine the regulatory nightmare that will come if that is ever fully implemented?

You’re the business, that means you’re guilty. We are the government and we are omnipotent.

Texas Files Lawsuit Against EPA Over Clean Air Initiatives

Finally, the States are starting to show some spine. Utah fighting the Federal Land Grab, Arizona with the Immigration issue. Yes, perhaps State’s rights shall reign in the Czars. This is good news. Don’t mess with Texas!

Governor Rick Perry has issued the following statement regarding Texas’ legal action challenging the EPA’s takeover of Texas’ 16-year-old air permitting process:

This legal action is the next step in our ongoing commitment to fight back against the Obama Administration’s ever-widening effort to undermine our air quality initiatives and force a heavy-handed federal agenda on the people of Texas.

The EPA’s overreach is as potentially devastating as it is unnecessary, as Texas has achieved greater improvements in air quality than the nation as a whole since 2000 through our use of incentives and innovation.

Instead of worrying about cleaner air, the EPA seems intent upon putting the jobs of tens of thousands of hardworking Texans at risk, mainly so the EPA can impose a system it says will be easier for Washington bureaucrats to understand.

The EPA’s actions would likely result in significantly higher prices for energy and just about everything else, a frightening prospect during a time so many Americans are struggling to make ends meet.

I applaud General Abbott’s actions, and will continue to pressure Congress and the Obama administration to get the EPA under some control before irrevocable damage is done to one of the country’s strongest economies.

Read more here :  Govmonitor

Democrats Pushing Back Against Carbon Regulations From the EPA

Three Cheers for our side! Looks like the tide is turning! We got the Dems worried now! Congress is starting to have some ..whatever.

Three House Democrats are now pushing legislation that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating carbon emissions—a decision the agency announced in December — without express permission from the Congress.

By complying with the rules of the Clean Air Act, the EPA claims it can begin regulating things directly, such as automobiles, without any new law from Congress. But some Democrats, contrary to the administration’s views of the issue, are not satisfied with the EPA’s new regulatory direction.

Peterson explained that the change was needed because the EPA was overstepping the original intended limits of the law. “The Clean Air Act was not meant for this,” he said. “It was meant to clean up the air, to get lead out of the air. It was not meant to fight global warming.”


In April 2009 the EPA proposed an “endangerment finding” for greenhouse gases, claiming that they “endanger the public health and welfare of current and future generations.” An endangerment finding is necessary to regulate emissions under the Clean Air Act. On Dec. 7, the EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson officially signed the finding, opening the way to regulate emissions of gases like carbon dioxide and methane.

http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=61007

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