A Message from Craig Clark, President & CEO, RSR North America
RSR North America stands alone in the U.S. secondary lead industry.
Our environmental performance and worker safety and health protections are second to none.
We have installed state of the art technology that has cut our emissions of lead and other hazardous air pollutants by more than 95 percent, and we continue to develop and implement new ways of protecting our employees. In fact, our workers have some of the lowest blood lead levels in the industry, and our City of Industry, California facility has a goal to be the first respirator-free secondary lead smelter in the United States.
But that is not enough.
We believe that our industry bears an obligation to implement controls and standards that reflect the best air pollution control technologies currently available. Many secondary lead smelters continue to use pollution control equipment that was considered state of the art three decades ago. This will not ensure adequate protection of human health and the environment. As an industry, we must evolve, and we must do it in a way that ensures the long-term sustainability of our industry and the environment. Twenty-first century environmental problems warrant forward-looking, twenty-first century solutions and not pollution controls that have been outdated since the 1970s.
We also believe that batteries from the U.S. should be reclaimed in the U.S. Every year millions of pounds of lead acid batteries are exported from the U.S. to Mexico and other developing nations that lack the regulatory infrastructure necessary to protect human health and the environment. As a nation, we must ensure that our toxic waste is not shipped to our neighbors. It should remain here and be reclaimed in facilities that install and operate the highest level of environmental controls.
Follow this link to read about RSR North America’s Positions on Important Issues in the Secondary Lead Industry.