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Registration is Open for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Register for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo

 Join over 600 battery industry professionals in San Antonio, May 1-3, for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo. Discover new products and innovations, gain insights from industry experts and connect with more than 50 exhibitors.

Members must log in to their BCI account to receive member pricing. If you have trouble accessing your account, please contact Gena Parsons

 

Book Your Housing

Book your room at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Reservations should be made no later than Monday, March 28, 2016. Mention you are with the BCI Convention in order to receive the group-discount rate. 

Share Your Innovations

Submissions are now open for The Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award! The award will celebrate innovation in equipment, processes, services and products that advance the lead battery industry. The deadline to submit is February 12, 2016. 

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BCI's New Look

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, December 28, 2015
Battery Council International (BCI) has opened a new chapter. A new brand identity was unveiled and, the introduction of a new logo celebrates the recyclability of lead batteries and communicates our industry's global nature. This new logo represents the dynamic, innovative nature of the lead battery industry, commonly assumed to be stagnant and mature. Our members are proud of lead batteries' image as a solid, steadfast product, and BCI's new brand showcases their clean, sturdy makeup and cradle to cradle design.

The new brand is evident in the launch of our new website, which is designed to serve the needs of members, general industry constituents and consumers. The reorganization of the members' only side of the site allows BCI members to easily access BCI's member directory, white papers, committee minutes, regulatory and legislative updates, an archive of The Energy Beacon, statistical reports and other useful industry materials. Industry members can quickly obtain information on environmental regulations, state recycling laws and the most recent recycling rate study. The newest addition to the website is a link to a consumer microsite catering to the needs of your customers. The site serves as a one stop shop for consumers and answers questions such as "what is a lead battery?" and "are lead batteries safe?" within an easy to navigate site. I encourage you to link back to BCI's new website and consumer microsite from your company's page.   

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to BCI, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to a successful year in 2016 as our organization continues to build on the momentum of our constantly evolving industry!

 
Mark O. Thorsby
Executive Vice President
Battery Council International

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Save the Date for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Join us May 1-3, 2016 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, TX for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo. It is the place to gain cutting-edge industry information, engage in face-to-face conversations with exhibitors and network with 600+ industry professionals. Registration will open in January 2016. 

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Leaflet Warns of Risk Lithium-Ion Batteries Pose Safety for the Lead Battery Recycling Industry

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, December 14, 2015

For further information contact: Bob Tolliday, ILA Communications Manager 

Tolliday@ila-lead.org  | tel: +44 (0) 20 7833 8090

An information leaflet setting out the dangers of lithium-ion batteries entering the lead battery recycling process has been published.

The warning, which will be distributed to battery collectors, handlers and sorters, across Europe and North America, highlights the serious risk of fire and explosions if lithium batteries enter the lead battery collection and recycling process. The problem of identification between the battery chemistries is made particularly difficult as lithium and lead batteries can appear similar, especially when received in pallets or bins containing thousands of used batteries.

The joint initiative by the lead recycling and battery industries of North America and Europe, including the International Lead Association (ILA), the industrial and automotive battery manufacturing and recycling associations of Battery Council International (BCI) and Europe (EUROBAT) and the Association of Battery Recyclers (ABR), advises that lithium batteries should not be sent to lead recyclers and that an approved facility should be used for treatment and recycling this battery chemistry.

The leaflet is urgently needed as companies that operate secondary lead smelters have experienced an increase in the number of lithium-ion batteries mixed into deliveries of used lead-based batteries received as feedstock for their recycling process. Due to the chemical composition of lithium-ion batteries, if not properly handled, fires and explosions can occur during transport, storage, battery breaking and smelting processes of used lead-based batteries.

"Sadly a number of significant safety incidents have now been reported that have highlighted the risk to property, but more importantly the safety of employees," said ILA Regulatory Director, Dr. Steve Binks.

The leaflet includes tips to help identify battery types:

  • Read the label - Look out for the Pb symbol on lead batteries or the Li symbol on lithium batteries. It may also be possible to distinguish the chemistries by their manufacturer.
  • Notice the weight difference - Although they have similar dimensions lithium batteries are much lighter than lead batteries.

Rene Schroeder, EUROBAT EU Affairs Manager, said: "Communicating to all partners in the supply chain is essential to guarantee the safe handling of batteries at their end-of-life. Labelling of automotive and industrial batteries based on color-codes will be also an important tool to help collectors, sorters and recyclers to easily identify the different battery chemistries."

Mark Thorsby, Executive Vice President of BCI said: "The lead battery industry has the most successful recycling program in the world. In no way do we want to jeopardize our success or compromise our commitment to sustainability. Preventing lithium-ion batteries from entering the lead battery recycling process is critical to achieving that outcome."

"The introduction of lithium-ion batteries, which are commingled with lead batteries, has and will continue to represent a serious threat to the environment and employees' safety unless there is a successful campaign by upstream suppliers to divert such batteries from lead recycling facilities," said Dick Amistadi, President of the ABR.

Current labelling requirements serve to identify the heavy metal content of batteries and not the electrochemical system. A solution is now being developed to allow better identification of different battery chemistries in the US through the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) through proposals to develop standardised colour-coded labelling.

Notes to editors

About ILA

The International Lead Association is the trusted global trade association for the lead industry and its member companies are at the forefront of the mining, smelting, refining and recycling of lead. ILA represents the producers of about 3 million tonnes of lead. The association is working towards a vision of a sustainable global lead industry that is recognised for the positive contribution it makes to society. 

ILA takes a leadership role in promoting responsible care and educating society about the benefits of lead for today's and future generations. Recent studies have shown that lead-based batteries achieve a recycling rate of 99% in the EU and USA.

About EUROBAT

EUROBAT is association for the European manufacturers automotive, industrial and energy storage batteries. EUROBAT has 52 members from across the continent comprising more than 90% of the battery industry in Europe. The members and staff work with all stakeholders, such as battery users, governmental organisations and media, to develop new battery solutions in areas of hybrid and electro-mobility as well as grid flexibility, renewable energy storage and demand response services.

About Battery Council International

Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing the lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies - a total of approximately 250 companies and 35,000 employees. For more information, visit batterycouncil.org.

About Association of Battery Recyclers

ABR is a group of companies involved in lead battery recycling. The members of the association share a dedication to environmental and community responsibility. We are committed to upholding all applicable laws and regulations for the safety of the public, our employees and the environment.
 






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Housing Piracy: BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, December 4, 2015

BCI received reports that hotel brokers have contacted BCI members to solicit the purchase of hotel rooms. These brokers are misrepresenting BCI as well as the status of room rates and availability at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel for the 2016 BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo. These brokers are not affiliated or endorsed by BCI. Brokers soliciting your business have been known to accept payment without confirming room reservations. If this occurs, the hotel has no obligation to provide you with the accommodations you were expecting.

Do not fall victim to this practice. There is only one, official, exclusive housing block for this event. If making a reservation by phone, please call +1.877.622.3056 and mention you are with BCI or Battery Council International.  

If you have questions or concerns, please contact BCI Headquarters at +1.312.644.6610 or info@batterycouncil.org

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Accepting Entries for the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, December 4, 2015

BCI is excited to invite you and your company to share your innovation with the lead battery industry. We are now accepting submissions for the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award, which celebrates innovation in equipment, processes, services and products that advance the lead battery industry.

Each entry will be judged on its sustainability, safety, cost and performance. The winner will be announced at the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo on May 1-3, 2016. View the judging criteria, and showcase your innovation today.

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Doe Run Co-Sponsors 11th Annual Fall Rocks Celebration of Missouri Mining Heritage

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, October 8, 2015

PARK HILLS, Mo. (October 8, 2015) – Join The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on Saturday, Oct. 24, for a fun and educational evening at the annual Fall Rocks celebration. This free event offers more than a dozen kid-friendly programs to teach future generations about the natural resources that have shaped Missouri’s landscape and economy. Fall Rocks will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the Missouri Mines State Historic Site.

“This event features many interactive activities, including hard hat decorating, cookie mining, toothpaste making, minerals trivia and more,” said Rhonda Reed, administrative assistant for the Metals Division at Doe Run. “Last year, more than 50 Doe Run employees and their families led activities to show children how we use minerals and natural resources in our everyday lives.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore exhibits at the Powerhouse Museum, which showcases restored mining equipment, samples of Missouri’s geology and mineral resources, and view a short film illustrating the historical lead mining and milling process. Guests can enjoy free hot dogs, chips, hot chocolate and soft drinks, and enter to win a raffle for two adult and two youth bikes.

Doe Run’s lead mining operations in southeast Missouri represent the second-largest lead mining district in the world. Lead mining has occurred in the region for more than 300 years, driving the growth of nearby towns.
“Today, mining continues to be a vital Missouri industry, directly and indirectly supporting more than 33,380 jobs throughout the state,” said Steve Batts, vice president – Southeast Missouri Operations. “The annual Fall Rocks event introduces children to mining at a young age, with the hope that it may spark an interest in science or natural resources.”

Fall Rocks is held annually at the Missouri Mines State Historic Site within St. Joe Park, a once-active mining site operated by Doe Run’s predecessor, St. Joseph Lead Company. Located in an area known as the Old Lead Belt, it is a major part of the southeast Missouri lead district, the premier lead mining district of the world. The land was donated to the state of Missouri in 1976, and now is one of the most popular parks in the state for swimming, biking, camping and riding ATVs.

The Missouri Mines State Historic Site is located in Park Hills, Missouri, on the south side of Highway 32 at the Flat River Drive overpass. For more information, contact Art Hebrank at the Powerhouse Museum at (573) 431-6226 or Rhonda Reed at (573) 626-3315.

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Doe Run's Sustainability Report Highlights 150 Years of Contributing to Missouri's Economy

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, October 1, 2015

DOE RUN’S SUSTAINABILITY REPORT HIGHLIGHTS 150 YEARS OF CONTRIBUTING TO MISSOURI’S ECONOMY

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 30, 2015) – The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) released its 2014 Sustainability Report, detailing its continued dedication to balancing its environmental, social and economic responsibilities. The report, available at sustainability.doerun.com, celebrates Doe Run’s 150 years of mining in Missouri, and the steps the company is taking to sustain this vital industry.

Throughout this time, the company has produced almost 17 million tons of primary lead metal and continuously worked to meet the industry’s lead demand with its southeast Missouri mining and recycling operations.

“Few companies today have thrived as long as we have,” said Jerry Pyatt, Doe Run president and CEO. “We’ve done so by continuing to find ways to serve as a closer partner to our employees, our customers and our communities. Our annual economic impact of $1 billion reaches across 52 counties in Missouri, and over the years, Doe Run has helped grow the economy in many of these areas. Sharing our annual accomplishments is one way we support the sustainability of Missouri mining and metal production well into the future.”

Doe Run’s annual sustainability report includes information that community members identify as being of greatest interest. In 2014, Doe Run conducted its most recent community survey to learn what mattered most to those living near Doe Run operations. Respondents identified jobs and the local economy, safety and environmental responsibility as areas of interest. Highlights from the online report include:
-Doe Run employed more than 1,400 people in 2014.
-Employees completed nearly 19,000 health and safety training hours.
-Total environmental spending for the year totaled $71.9 million.
-Within the report, Doe Run highlights other changes and improvements to its business in 2014, including:
-Combining alloying, refining, casting and strip production, which takes place at Herculaneum, with secondary smelting and recycling operations at the Resource Recycling facility. This new Metals Division meets the lead metal production, refining and alloying needs of customers.
-Investing roughly $7 million on water treatment research and water treatment plant construction at its mines and mills.
-Continuing ongoing remediation activities, including the construction of a new fleet area at the Riverview Commerce Park river port, at the site of the Herculaneum smelter.
-Supporting Missouri businesses by spending $229 million with 980 vendors from 52 Missouri counties as part of the company’s supplier partnership program.


“Our annual sustainability report is an opportunity for us to share updates with the people who matter to our business – our communities, our employees, our customers and our suppliers,” said Pyatt. “We invite readers to share their feedback on the report with us through our online survey, so we can ensure future reports remain of interest to our stakeholders.”

Doe Run’s sixth sustainability report follows the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework – the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). As part of the GRI framework, the company reports its progress against a number of key indicators related to environmental stewardship, economic performance, labor practices and community engagement.

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Old Miner's Day Offers Family-Friendly Ways to Experience Missouri's Mining History

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, September 25, 2015

OLD MINERS’ DAYS OFFERS FAMILY-FRIENDLY WAYS TO EXPERIENCE MISSOURI’S MINING HISTORY
Featuring Underground Mine Tours, Equipment Displays, 5K Run and Carnival

VIBURNUM, Mo. (Sept. 21, 2015) — On Oct. 2-4, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) and the Viburnum community will hold the 29th Annual Old Miners’ Days festival, recognizing the region’s rich history as one of the world’s largest lead mining districts.

“We estimate that more than 8,000 people came out last year to celebrate our mining heritage, and to enjoy music, food and activities,” said David Major, maintenance planner at Doe Run and director of Old Miners’ Days. “My high school class helped organize Viburnum’s first Old Miners’ Days in 1986, and it has been exciting to watch this event grow in size and popularity annually. This year, we are pleased to announce several new features, including a 5K race and children’s carnival.”

One of the most popular activities during the festival takes visitors underground to see a working lead mine. Doe Run will offer free mine tours for guests 12 and older on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mine tour guests can register at Doe Run’s Old Miners’ Days booth, and buses will transport guests to and from the tour site. Doe Run’s lead mines stretch for miles and some are as deep as 1,250 feet underground. Typically a pleasant 65 degrees, the mines are rocky and damp, and feature glittering rock faces and dramatic rock pillars.

“We are living and working in the second-largest lead mining district in the world, so we enjoy giving our neighbors the opportunity to see one of our mines in action,” said Steve Batts, vice president – Southeast Missouri Operations. Lead mining stimulated our region’s economic growth more than 150 years ago, and the lead ore we extract today supplies people around the world with the lead needed to start our cars, store renewable energy and back-up power, protect patients during X-rays, and support building and bridge construction.”

More than 100 of Doe Run employees volunteer to make Old Miners’ Days a success each year. In addition to mine tours, Doe Run will exhibit haul trucks, loaders and other mining equipment. Children can see how this type of equipment works by moving sand with remote-controlled loaders. Batts will also share updates on Doe Run’s mining operations and the future of Missouri mining as part of the State of Mines address at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.
Country music band Ricochet will perform a free concert on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Other activities include a parade, car show, craft booths, children’s games, a talent show, and more. The events will take place next to the Viburnum High School on the Viburnum shopping center parking lot. Visit oldminersdays.com for the full schedule.

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit www.doerun.com and http://sustainability.doerun.com.

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Doe Run Promotes Steve Batts to Vice President - SEMO Operations

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, September 24, 2015

DOE RUN PROMOTES STEVE BATTS TO VICE PRESIDENT – SEMO OPERATIONS


ST. LOUIS (Sept. 23, 2015) – The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) announced today the promotion of Steve Batts, a 30-year veteran at Doe Run, to the role of vice president - Southeast Missouri Operations. Batts will oversee the Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO) and the company’s Metals Division, which includes a lead recycling facility in Boss, and lead refining, alloying and casting operations in Herculaneum.
“We are excited to expand Steve’s responsibilities to include management of our mining, milling and metals operations,” said Jerry Pyatt, president and CEO at Doe Run. “The SEMO Division has flourished under Steve’s leadership, achieving a number of safety milestones and annually supplying the global market with approximately 250,000 tons of some of the purest lead concentrates available. I am confident that he will bring that same dedication and success to the Metals Division.”
Batts most recently served as general manager of SEMO, overseeing the world-class mining and milling operations at Doe Run’s six underground mines and four mills. As general manager, Batts managed operations at all of the facilities in the division and reinforced Doe Run’s commitments to safety and the environment. Under his direction, SEMO reached 3 million safe work hours without a lost-time injury, and four Doe Run mines were recognized for outstanding safety records in 2013.

In addition to managing mining and milling operations, Batts will now oversee Doe Run's Metals Division. This division is responsible for recycling lead-acid batteries and other products at the Resource Recycling facility, which has the capacity to recycle and recover nearly 160,000 tons of refined lead and lead alloys from more than 13.5 million recycled lead-acid batteries annually. It also includes the company's Herculaneum refinery, strip mill, and alloying and casting operations, where it produces unique lead alloy products for customers. 

"I'm looking forward to working with the management teams of both Missouri divisions," said Batts. "Together, we will be able to identify synergies and opportunities that enable Doe Run to better meet customers’ needs and the demands of the global mining and metals industry.”

Batts was born and raised in Pevely, Missouri, and began working with Doe Run in 1984 as a project engineer. He held several maintenance engineering and operational roles of increasing responsibility throughout his career at the company’s former lead smelter in Herculaneum as well as at the company’s mines and mills. Batts was promoted to SEMO Division general manager in 2011. He resides near DeSoto, Missouri.

Prior to joining Doe Run, Batts worked as an engineer with Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas). He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology).

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