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Equip Your Employees with the Knowledge They Need

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Encourage Employee Attendance at the 2016 Environmental, Health and Safety Conference

Strengthen your staff's knowledge on battery factory employee health, safety and environmental protection at this highly-focused event. Join BCI for the 2016 Environmental, Health and Safety Conference October 24-25, 2016 in Baltimore, MD. 


Reinforce the importance of attending by forwarding this message to your employees.

Education Schedule

Highlights include a three-part session, "Get the Lead Out," featuring presentations on workplace practices, human resource policies and equipment design focusing on reducing employee blood levels; reports from government agencies; interactive breakout sessions and much more! Share best practices and learn from peers and experts on how to ensure a safe work environment. 

View the full schedule here.

Hotel Reservations

Book your room here, or contact the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel directly at +1.800.325.3535. Reservations should be made no later than September 30. Mention you are with the BCI Environmental, Health and Safety Conference in order to receive the group-discount rate. 

Room Rate: $159 (plus tax) per night single/double

Check-in Time: 3:00 p.m.

Check-out Time: 12:00 p.m.

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Register for the 2016 EHS Environmental, Health and Safety Conference

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Join BCI for the 2016 Environmental, Health and Safety Conference October 24-25, 2016 in Baltimore, MD. 

 

 

During the Global Policy Overview session, hear from David Weinberg of Wiley Rein, LLP. 

"California is poised to propose revisions to the general industry lead standard (both the MRP and PEL) later this year, and U.S. OSHA plans to publish a notice this November about its plan to update this nationally-applicable lead standard. In addition, by October we will know much more about U.S. EPA's implementation of the new revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)."

Read the full statement from David Weinberg on the BCI blog, and view the full schedule of events here

Hotel Reservations

Book your room here, or contact the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel directly at +1.800.325.3535. Reservations should be made no later than September 30, 2016. Mention you are with the BCI Environmental, Health and Safety Conference in order to receive the group-discount rate. 

Room Rate: $159 (plus tax) per night single/double

Check-in Time: 3:00 p.m.

Check-out Time: 12:00 p.m


 

 

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2016 EHS Conference Statement

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, July 11, 2016

If your company has not already signed up for BCI’s bi-annual Environmental, Health & Safety Conference, I urge you to do so.  This year’s conference will be held October 24-25 in Baltimore, MD.  It will provide an opportunity for EHS professionals from across the industry to learn about recent legal, regulatory, and scientific developments and to share best practices for worker protection.  Historically, nearly all BCI members have had at least one EHS professional in attendance. 

With the recent increase in regulatory attention to lead, this Conference is now more important than ever.  California is poised to propose revisions to the general industry lead standard (both the MRP and PEL) later this year, and U.S. OSHA plans to publish a notice this November about its plan to update the nationally-applicable lead standard.  In addition, by October we will know much more about U.S. EPA’s implementation of the new revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Those may target lead for early attention.  And, if the Agency concludes at any point that there are unreasonable risks posed by lead, regulation is required to follow. 

Attending this conference will give your company a leg up on these and the many other developments affecting the lead battery industry and, importantly, best practices ideas as to how to deal with these challenges.      

-David Weinberg, BCI’s Environmental Legal Counsel

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The Doe Run Company Completes Port Property Sale in Herculaneum

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Second Loading Dock to be Installed at Riverview Commerce Park

HERCULANEUM, Mo. (May 11, 2016) – The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) has completed the sale of 18 acres of riverfront property to Riverview Commerce Park, LLC (RCP) as part of the repurposing plan for the company’s former smelter site in Herculaneum, Missouri. RCP has been operating a Mississippi River port at the site since September 2013, and is working on expanding operations with a second loading dock area that is anticipated to be operational in the third quarter of 2016.

“When we announced the impending closure of our Herculaneum smelter in 2012, we introduced our plans to repurpose the site and its valuable infrastructure,” said Chris Neaville, Doe Run’s asset development director. “It has been our intention from the beginning to create a site conducive to generating new economic value for the city of Herculaneum and Jefferson County.”
“Great effort has gone into the establishment of a port in Jefferson County,” said Missouri State Senator Paul Wieland, District 22. “I see this as a first great step towards realizing the vision of returning economic vibrancy to sites once occupied by a strong industrial base that employed generations of Jefferson County residents.”

“What makes this property valuable for Herculaneum and our region from a commercial standpoint is access to infrastructure – the river, railroads and highways,” said Herculaneum Mayor Bill Haggard. “The property is perfectly suited for bulk cargo along the river, as well as off-loading or on-loading materials and goods for highway or rail. We are pleased to have the RCP port as a first step in repurposing this area.”

The Herculaneum port currently ships locally sourced sand to oil and natural gas producers across the U.S. The 18-acre site includes a loading dock on the river, restored rail lines and a new barge fleet staging area just south of the new Mississippi River shipping dock. RCP operates and leases the barge fleet from the Jefferson County Port Authority.

“Over the last two years, RCP has made a substantial investment into the port property,” said Mark Denton, project manager for RCP. “The shipping operations surpassed our expectations for its first two years. Now, with the materials staging area put in place earlier and a second dock set to go into service by midsummer, we are now in a position to double our capacity. The second dock also gives us the ability to not only load, but also unload various bulk materials.”

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Voluntary Cleanup Program and EPA Region 7 provided oversight of the remediation, which included installing a three-foot thick cap layer of soil and rock across the property, and allows for the port expansion. RCP has submitted the completion report for the site to MNDR and is awaiting their final approval for the work.

Doe Run continues to operate its refinery and strip mill, and lead metal alloying and casting operations at Herculaneum. The company’s Resource Recycling facility in Boss, Missouri, also produces premium secondary lead metal from recycled lead.

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Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award Winner Announced

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Hammond Group, Inc. Presented with
Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award

For Immediate Release                                                         Contact: Claire Sereiko
May 2, 2016                                                                           Associate Director of Marketing
                                                                                              +1.312.673.4984
                                                                                              CSereiko@batterycouncil.org

SAN ANTONIO - Hammond Group, Inc. (HGI) has been awarded the inaugural Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award for its advances in lead (PbA) battery chemistry. The Award honors industry thought leader, Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz,former CEO of East Penn Manufacturing Co. and celebrates innovation in equipment, processes, services, and products that advance the lead battery industry.

Hammond investigated the PbA battery principle failure mode in HRPSoC applications through a materials interaction study, testing traditional and advanced expander materials. Exploiting insights on material selection, material interaction, and duty-specific formulations, Hammond's work culminated in its K2 family of negative plate expanders, available for a wide range of HRPSoC applications.

"Battery Council International is pleased to have received 18 submissions for the Award," said Mark O. Thorsby, Executive Vice President of Battery Council International. "The lead battery industry is not one typically known for its innovation and to have received so many innovative submissions is a true testament to our industry."

Black Diamond Structures and Advanced Battery Concepts received honorable mentions for their submissions.

If you are interested in watching the submissions in full, please visit the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award submissions page

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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 on the association, visit http://batterycouncil.org/.

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Important Reminders for BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo Attendees

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

BCI looks forward to welcoming you to San Antonio. To help maximize your conference experience, please thoroughly review the information below. 

Please note that all sessions, coffee breaks and lunches take place at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. 

Getting to the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel

Travel distance from the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) to the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel is approximately 20 minutes, about a $22.00 cab ride (one way). The hotel does not provide shuttles. If you wish to take alternative transportation, please view the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel transportation options

Badge Pick-Up

Attendees must wear their badge to gain access to all BCI sessions and events. Registration is located in the Grand Ballroom Foyer of the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, and hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, April 30: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 1: 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 2: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 3: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Download the BCI Mobile App

Instructions

  • Apple Download
  • Android Download
  • Other mobile devices (including BlackBerry) use the mobile website. Here you can log in and get the same great benefits without having to download anything to your device. We recommend bookmarking this address in your browser for easy access.

Log In

Username: Email Address

Password: bci2016
 

On you have logged in, tap "Networking" to review your profile (this step is required to participate in networking within the app). Tap "Save" in the upper-right corner.

Attendee List

The BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo mobile app includes a list of all attendees! Simply tap "Networking" and "Everyone" to view the attendee list. 

Questions? Contact Claire Sereiko at csereiko@batterycouncil.org.

Networking

Golf Tournament

Sponsored by Crown Battery
If you registered for the BCI Golf Tournament, it will take place at the Quarry Golf Club on Sunday, May 1 at 11:30 a.m. Buses will depart from the Commerce Street entrance of the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel at 10:30 a.m. Please join us for drinks at the Awards Reception after the Golf Tournament. Pre-registration is required. 

Welcome Reception

Hosted by BCI Supplier Members

Celebrate the beginning of the Convention at the Welcome Reception Sunday, May 1 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Buckhorn Saloon. Attendees are encouraged to walk — it is about an eight minute walk from the hotel. If you require transportation, buses will be available starting at 5:45 p.m. The Welcome Reception is open to BCI manufacturing, marketing and associate members and their registered guests as well as non-member and sponsoring suppliers who have contributed collectively to make this event possible. 


Closing Reception

Join attendees at the Oak Tree and River Terraces at the Marriott on Tuesday, May 3 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. for a final chance to network and celebrate the end of a great event. Appetizers and cocktails will be served.  

Connections Center

Connect with your colleagues in the Connections Center! Conveniently located at booth #210 inside the Power Mart Expo*. The Connections Center will be furnished with tables and chairs for impromptu meetings or to relax and network with peers. 

*The Connections Center will relocate to the Grand Ballroom Foyer on Tuesday, May 3. 

Attire

The dress code for the convention is business casual during all receptions and sessions; jackets and ties are not required. Convention rooms can be chilly, so remember to bring a jacket or sweater. May weather in San Antonio tends to hover between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Safe travels. We'll see you in San Antonio!

Questions? Contact us at info@batterycouncil.org

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This Earth Day, Do Your Part and Recycle Your Old Vehicle Batteries

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, April 25, 2016

Did you know that 99 percent of all old conventional vehicle batteries are recycled each year? And while vehicle batteries are by far the world's most recycled consumer product, still, every year there are more than 1 million used batteries that are not responsibly recycled.

When lead-acid batteries are recycled properly – and it's not limited to just the battery from your car or truck, it can also be a battery in your boat, lawn tractor, golf cart, motorcycle, and more – 99 percent of the battery's components can be processed and reused to make new batteries or even other products. The metals used in conventional batteries are the most recycled materials in the world, even more than paper, glass, and cardboard. Also, the plastic from a battery can be recycled to make new battery cases, and the electrolytes can be reused or made into detergents.


The closed-loop recycling process of vehicle batteries, which is achievable due to the design of the product and the materials that are used, means it's possible that cars on the road today are being powered by the same materials that were in a battery used in a vehicle from decades ago. In fact, lead used in a battery in the United States will continue in the manufacture-recycle-manufacture loop for nearly 280 years.

Almost every vehicle battery uses materials that can be continually recycled. This allows the materials in old recycled vehicle batteries to be turned into the raw materials that make new batteries, which in turn helps to protect our natural resources.

When a lead-acid battery is not properly recycled, it can end up in a landfill, where its internal components have the potential to be exposed and impose a burden on the environment.

As the world's largest manufacturer and recycler of vehicle batteries, Johnson Controls' goal is to have all vehicle batteries recycled responsibly and kept out of landfills. To help achieve this, Johnson Controls has made a commitment to design, make, transport, and recycle batteries in the safest, most sustainable way. When building a new battery, the company uses up to 80 percent recycled materials.

  

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More Recyclable Than An Aluminum Can: Earth Day Report

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, April 25, 2016

Ann Arbor, MI / ACCESSWIRE / April 23, 2016 / This Earth Day, the world's most recycled product is hidden in plain sight. It isn't the aluminum can -- and it’s already in most car garages right now.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the most recycled product in North America is the lead-acid battery. Lead-acid batteries are recycled over 99% of the time, compared to 70.6% of aluminum cans and 67% of newspapers.

This technology has proven for over 100 years. It starts most cars and safely powers everything from solar-powered homes to trains and forklifts.

Lead-acid batteries aren’t just the most recycled product – roughly 98% of their material can be reused, making them the most recyclable item in North America.

One battery can make new batteries for decades, which means greener energy storage and less waste.

In contrast, many other types of batteries go straight to the landfill at the end of their lifespan.

For instance, experts estimate that 80% of lithium-ion batteries will end up in landfills. Even at the country’s flagship lithium-ion recycling plant, over 40% of material still goes to the landfill. And since recycled materials cannot be used to make new lithium-ion batteries, virgin material has to be mined.

What makes lead-acid batteries so much more recyclable (99%) than any other product?

#1: Recycling is simple, safe, and automated: A lead-acid battery only has a few ingredients, and roughly 70% of its weight is safely enclosed lead. Machines open battery cases or crush batteries into small pieces, and then separate the parts. Plates and connectors are easily recycled or cleaned and recovered. Lead is resmelted and purified, and electrolytes are reprocessed using computerized systems approved and regulated by the EPA.

#2: Lead-acid batteries can be recycled at almost all recycling centers, along with many automotive shops and thousands of other locations. And many locations require you to recycle an existing lead-acid battery to purchase a new one – a closed loop that protects the environment.

#3: Lead has a high market value, which makes it profitable to recycle batteries. That’s why some recyclers will even pay to recycle old lead-acid batteries.

How are lead-acid batteries recycled? 
Lead-acid battery recycling is easy and available nationwide. Contact a local recycling center, the nearest auto mechanic, or visit www.earth911.com orwww.recyclerfinder.com.

About Crown Battery Manufacturing

Crown Battery is the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced technology, deep cycle batteries. Every one of Crown’s lead-acid batteries is 99% recyclable and comes from the company’s ISO 9001:2008-certified plant in Fremont, Ohio. The plant incorporates solar panels, wind turbines, high-efficiency robotic welding, and geothermal cooling. http://www.crownbattery.com

Contact:
Tony Zarembski
734.926.5105

SOURCE – “Lead-acid batteries are recycled over 99% of the time…”: EPA’s “Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2013 Fact Sheet” 

(http://www.epa.gov/smm/advancing-sustainable-materials-management-facts-and-figures)

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Third Doe Run Mine and Mill Achieves ISO Certification

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Gaining Internationally Recognized Standard Supports Commitment to Sustainable Operations

ST. LOUIS (April 5, 2016) – The Doe Run Company’s (Doe Run) Brushy Creek Mine and Mill near Boss, Missouri, has become the company’s third mine and mill operation to earn certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The certification recognizes Brushy Creek Mine and Mill for implementing an environmental management system that meets the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems requirements with the goal of enhancing environmental performance.

“This third-party certification audit supports and confirms Doe Run’s focus on meeting our environmental commitments,” said Mark Yingling, vice president – environmental, health and safety at Doe Run. “Pursuing certifications enhances our programs by bringing an outside expert’s perspective to help us audit and evaluate our techniques, discuss new practices, and work toward continuous improvement where appropriate.”

Brushy Creek Mine and Mill achieved ISO certification over a six-month period, which included a rigorous on-site assessment from a third-party ISO registrar to refine the site’s procedures and enhance environmental performance. As part of ISO certification, Brushy Creek Mine and Mill established specific targets for improvement, which include:

 Increase materials recycling by 5 percent;
 Reduce hazardous waste by 5 percent;
 Construct a water treatment plant, which was completed in 2014; and
 Complete geothermal heating project for the site.

Doe Run plans to complete quarterly assessments and annual registrar checks to maintain certification. These ongoing audits validate that new processes are maintained to meet the site’s established targets.

“Achieving ISO certification requires collaboration across the organization to uncover the areas where we have opportunity to improve environmental performance processes,” said Samantha Anderson, an environmental programs manager at Doe Run who oversaw the certification process. “We learned many best practices from our previous ISO experiences, so we were able to improve procedures more quickly at Brushy Creek Mine and Mill. By standardizing many of our environmental processes, we have been able to operate more efficiently.”

Doe Run’s Sweetwater Mine and Mill and Fletcher Mine and Mill also have achieved ISO certification. The company is now pursuing certification to support continuous improvement of its environmental management systems at Buick Mine and Mill.

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Lead batteries to play a significant role in the future of smart power in the UK

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, March 7, 2016

For further information contact: Bob Tolliday, ILA Communications Manager, Tolliday@ila-lead.org tel: +44 (0) 20 7833 8090

(LONDON, 04 March, 2016) The International Lead Association (ILA) has welcomed calls for a smart energy revolution in the UK and highlighted the importance that lead batteries must play to achieve the goals of cost savings and reduced carbon emissions.

The report Smart Power, published by the National Infrastructure Commission today, says that a flexible smart power system could result in the UK saving up to £8.1 billion a year by 2030 and highlights the need to store more energy from intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar.

ILA’s Managing Director Dr Andy Bush, said: “If the UK is to become a world leader in electricity storage systems, as this report recommends, then lead batteries will need to play a significant role in that strategy.

“While other battery technologies tend to grab more of the headlines, lead batteries have consistently delivered in energy storage applications.”

Lead batteries offer a unique and much sought-after combination of affordable, reliable, safe and sustainable energy storage and are the most widely used electrochemical system globally - from utilities, microgrids and renewable energy to individual home storage, as well as in automotive applications.

Recent exciting innovations are now putting this tried and tested technology at the forefront of attempts to revolutionise the way we store and use energy.

With a long life cycle and reliable supply chain, lead battery technology is one of the most cost effective energy storage solutions for industrial applications and home storage, boasting the lowest cost of energy and power output per kilowatt-hour (about £100/kWh).[1]

As well as their cost advantages, lead batteries have a proven safety record and are the recycling success story of our time with collection and recycling rates of 99% in Europe and the U.S.  This makes them the most recycled consumer product with an infrastructure for collecting, transporting and recycling that no other technology can match.

Lead batteries are also used in virtually all vehicles produced globally and are needed to start the engine and supply the complete electrical system. Furthermore, advanced-lead batteries are used in all micro and mild-hybrid vehicles utilising start-stop technology which achieve significant savings of CO2 emissions.  Lead batteries may also be used in the future for advanced hybrid applications increasing the potential for further CO2 savings.

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.

With offices in the UK and USA, ILA provides a range of technical, scientific and communications support for member companies, downstream users and the wider lead industry. ILA also supports the development of lead-based batteries through the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium which manages the research, development and promotion of lead batteries for markets such as hybrid electric vehicles, start-stop automotive systems and grid-scale energy storage applications. www.ila-lead.org



[1] The Tesla PowerWall costs $430/kWh for the 7 kWh version and $350/kWh for the 10 kWh version. In comparison, a lead battery would be significantly less expensive at $150/kWh whilst still providing the same benefit.

 

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