The closure of the Herculaneum lead smelter will have little, if any, affect on bullet manufacturing and the story has been refuted many times. The Herculaneum smelter is not the only smelter in the US.: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/12/chris-dumm/nssf-sierra-atk-worried-lead-smelter-closure/ says:
"..........the particular regulation responsible for the closure was published in 2008. The Herculaneum closure appears to be the end-game of a legal and administrative battle that started in 2003 under the administration of president George W. Bush."
Sierra says closing lead smelter won't affect them:
Federal and Speer say the closure won't affect them:
"Manufacturers use recycled lead to make ammunition. They don't buy from smelters," Mr. Keane, general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), told me Monday. "The EPA closing, which has been in the works for a while, will have no impact on production, supply or cost to the consumers."
It appears much of the primary lead in the US is imported already, from Australia and China mostly. Only a small percentage of available lead is used for ammo and it comes from re-cycled batteries. Something like 98% of the lead in batteries gets re-cycled.
uh...whatever, I should never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.
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