St.Louis, MO (PRWEB) February 02, 2013
The Doe Run Company’s facility in Glover, Mo., will undergo changes as the company prepares the primary lead smelter site for new uses. Doe Run will begin decommissioning idle parts of its Glover, Mo., smelter beginning mid-February, in order to prepare the property for new operations.
“The site offers a number of advantages that could be of interest to businesses,” said Chris Neaville, Doe Run’s asset development director. “We have an operational water treatment plant and rail transloading equipment that could be available for other future use. It will take us several months to prepare the site for potential new business. The first step in this process is to remove some of the unused equipment and buildings.”
Doe Run will maintain site ownership, as well as its current nine person staff to continue company activities still based at the Glover location, including metal-bearing concentrate storage and transloading. Doe Run’s Glover staff will also continue running the facility’s water treatment plant.
Doe Run has selected Desloge-based Denovo Constructors, experts in sustainable remediation and decommissioning, to manage removal of unused smelting equipment. The majority of equipment will be salvaged primarily for scrap steel. The remainder will be reused at Doe Run’s Buick Resource Recycling Division (a secondary smelter) in Boss, Mo.
Residents who have questions about the process may contact Gary Hughes at ghughes(at)doerun(dot)com. The Glover facility has been part of Doe Run’s Primary Smelting Division since the company acquired it in 1998. The smelter played a key role in producing lead metal from Missouri ore since 1968. Lead is used primarily in batteries to power vehicles. More than 95 percent of all lead-acid batteries are recycled, putting the lead back into energy storage products. Other uses include protection from radiation in nuclear energy and medical fields, uninterruptible power source for critical systems in telecommunications, information technology, military fields and munitions.
Due to decreased U.S. demand for lead, Doe Run placed the facility on care and maintenance on Dec. 1, 2003.
Doe Run marked a milestone in 2004 when the EPA approved the redesignation of the area surrounding the smelter as an Attainment Area for Lead. To be considered an Attainment Area, a facility must meet air quality standards for a minimum of eight consecutive quarters and meet all required rules as set by the EPA. Doe Run’s Glover facility has shown continuous compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for lead (Pb) since the first calendar quarter of 1997.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiary deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience.