November 22, 2019: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has ordered the smelting and mining company Doe Run to pay a $1.2 million fine over clean air violations in recent years. Doe Run agreed to pay the fine mid-November.
DNR’s action concerns issues at Doe Run’s secondary lead smelter in the hamlet of Boss, Missouri. It also orders Doe Run to take corrective steps to make its secondary lead smelter compliant.
Doe Run says that its recent performance is in compliance with the rules.
“Our air emissions data shows that over the last 37 months we have been within the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) requirement for lead emissions,” says Steve Batts, chief operating officer at Doe Run.
“Many of the issues identified by DNR have already been addressed. This agreement provides a schedule to make additional investments to address remaining issues. We are confident that the investments being made will allow us to meet our obligations for many years to come.”
Doe Run says that clean air violations are addressed only for its secondary lead smelter site and that it is in compliance with external air regulations in the larger community.