Doe Run Smelter Featured As Example of Environmental Progress

International visitors tour facility to learn about latest technology and processes.

HERCULANEUM, MO (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) March 9, 2005 – The Doe Run Company recently demonstrated its commitment to environmental innovation and continual improvement to a globally diverse audience.

On Friday, Feb. 18, international visitors from Ethiopia, Ghana, Nepal and Serbia traveled to the Herculaneum smelting facility as part of the World Affairs Council International Visitor Program. Accompanied by Doe Run employees Stan LaFollette, maintenance manager – primary smelting, and Aaron Miller, environmental manager – primary smelting, the visitors participated in a facility tour, presentation and question-and-answer session designed to showcase the company’s advanced technology and improvements.

In cooperation with the U.S. State Department and eight private organizations, the International Visitor Program provides a unique opportunity for citizen ambassadors to share their homes, workplaces and classrooms with students, prominent politicians and professionals from abroad.

Volunteer participants learn firsthand about cultural differences while deepening their understanding of the United States.

“We were pleased to participate in this professional exchange program,” said LaFollette. “The visitors were very interested in our processes and the environmental challenges we have faced over the last few years. We are always seeking ways to improve, and collaborative programs like this allow us to share our expertise and knowledge with others in similar situations.”

Visits to manufacturing plants such as Doe Run’s smelter often highlight environmental safeguards, technologies and investments needed for meeting established company and government environmental standards.

In addition to having met the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for 10 consecutive quarters, the smelter passed the annual Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) stack test conducted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) in 2004. Replacing a 300-foot baghouse duct was one of the 2004 projects that contributed to the smelter’s air improvement program.

“The international visitors appreciated Doe Run taking the time to speak with them about environmental issues and providing them a plant tour,” commented Barbara Morley, director of the International Visitor Leadership Program World Affairs Council-St. Louis. “They were impressed with how the citizens of Herculaneum and the company work together to address the environmental problems and cleanup, and plan to use information obtained during their visit in their respective countries.”

During their three-week visit in the United States, the visitors were scheduled to make other visits in Buffalo, N.Y.; Baltimore; Gary, Ind.; and Washington, D.C.

The Doe Run Company, along with its subsidiaries, is a privately held natural resource company focused on environmentally sound mineral production, recycling and metals fabrication. Based in St. Louis, the company and its subsidiaries serve as North America’s largest integrated lead producer and third-largest total lead producer worldwide, employing more than 4,000 people.

The company and its employees are committed to keeping its operations and communities clean and safe while producing essential raw materials – lead, zinc, copper, gold and silver – that are needed for everyday life. Doe Run and its subsidiaries have U.S. operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona, and South American operations in Peru. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com.

Note: A Photo of the international visitors is available in JPG format. Please contact Kristin Saunders at 314-469-3500 for the file.

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Angie Nations
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Source :  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/3/prweb216879.htm