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Top 10 Facts to Celebrate During National Battery Week!

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, February 21, 2020

List Honors Lead Batteries for Essential Role in Green Energy, Low-Carbon Transportation, Telecommunication, Data Centers and More

 

WASHINGTON — February 20, 2020 – What better way to celebrate the February 18th birthday of Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the battery, than with a positively fascinating collection of Top Ten Lead Battery Facts. The list was released by the trade association Battery Council International in honor of National Battery Week 2020, which began February 17. Economically, the $80 billion global lead battery industry is expected to grow 110% over the next decade to $115 billion.

 

Most of this growth is attributed to the rapidly expanding need for energy storage as we transition to a more electrified society. Innovative lead batteries keep us mobile and connected, whether for transportation or providing essential backup power for critical telecommunications and data centers.

 

What’s more, current R&D in progress is expected to unlock the exciting untapped potential of the trusted lead battery chemistry. So, as we celebrate the history of lead batteries, we also have an eye on future applications for this essential technology.

 

 Top 10 Lead Battery Facts:

  1. Lead batteries provide more than 70% of the world’s rechargeable power.
  2. In 2020, lead batteries are projected to account for nearly 90% of the backup power needed to keep our highly connected and mobile lives running smoothly.
  3. Lead batteries are the best example of a circular economy, according to the World Economic Forum and the MIT Center of Transportation.
  4. In the U.S., an amazing 99% of all lead batteries are recycled (most recycled consumer product), which keeps more than 130 million lead batteries from landfills each year.
  5. U.S. lead battery manufacturers source approximately 70% of the needed lead from domestic recycling facilities and a new lead battery is typically comprised of more than 80% recycled material.
  6. Lead batteries power more than 275 million U.S. vehicles, including hybrids and EVs.
  7. Start-stop technology using lead batteries is eliminating 4.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually in the U.S.
  8. The lifespan of a lead battery has increased by nearly 30 percent over the last 20 years.
  9. Lead batteries contribute $26.3 billion to the U.S. economy each year.
  10. Lead battery manufacturers and recyclers provide nearly 25,000 direct jobs and support over 92,000 total jobs in the U.S.

About Battery Council International

Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing the lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies. For more information on the association, visit www.batterycouncil.org.

 

Learn More at Essential Energy Everyday

Essential Energy Everyday exists to increase awareness of the critical importance of lead batteries in powering our daily lives. It encourages continued investment in sustainable lead battery technology to store and provide energy on demand. Its initiative is supported by the two global trade associations that represent the lead battery and lead industries, Battery Council International and the International Lead Association.

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On Battery Day, A Thriving Missouri Lead Battery Industry Announces its $2.5B Economic Benefit to Missouri's Economy

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Sustainable, Circular Economy of the Industry Enables 8,150 Jobs Across the State

CHICAGO – February 18, 2020 – In conjunction with Battery Day, February 18, a new report finds that batteries hold a place of honor in Missouri. The lead battery industry delivers $2.5 billion annually in overall economic impact in Missouri, including 3,210 direct jobs, and supports 8,150 total jobs across the state, according to the study, “Economic Contribution of the Missouri Lead Battery Industry.”

Driven by major employers, like The Doe Run Company (Doe Run), EnerSys, Exide Technologies and Clarios, the study illustrates the positive economic impact provided to American workers and their communities by companies that support the lead battery industry through mining, manufacturing and battery recycling. In Missouri alone, the industry spends $257 million annually on payroll for more than 3,200 jobs in a variety of occupations, many of which are accessible to those who have only a high school diploma. Missouri’s lead battery industry also supports 2,350 supplier jobs and 2,590 jobs from worker spending in different industries. Beyond its direct job impact, the Missouri lead battery industry annually supports:

  • $527.3 million in labor income
  • $227 million in tax revenue[1]
  • $2.5 million in R&D spending

“Nationwide, the U.S. lead battery industry, of which Missouri is a valued contributor, provides more than 92,000 total jobs, and an economic impact of $26.3 billion annually. We’re proud to participate in the highest growth in manufacturing jobs within the past 30 years, which gives thousands of Americans access to better than average paying careers,” Roger Miksad, executive vice president, Battery Council International (BCI).

The national Economic Contribution of the U.S. Lead Battery Industry study found that compared to other private sector jobs, average salaries in the lead battery industry are 96% higher for recycling and mining workers.

[1]Taxes include employee contributions to social insurance, sales taxes, property taxes, motor vehicle license fees, severance taxes, corporate taxes, personal income taxes, and other miscellaneous taxes.

“Missouri is a home for companies that represent all the steps of our successful circular economy model – mining, manufacturing, use, collection, recycling, material sourcing and repeat,” said Miksad.

Lead batteries play a critical role in a greener, more environmentally sustainable economy. Globally, lead batteries power over 1 billion cars, including electric and hybrid models, and 70% of global rechargeable energy storage needs are met by this technology.[1]

The lead battery industry is also one of only 16% of U.S. businesses that have moved to a circular economy, otherwise known as a closed-loop production model. With its 99% recycling rate, 130 million lead batteries are recycled every year. The lead metal and plastic recovered through the recycling process are re-used to manufacture new batteries. In fact, about 80% of a new lead battery is comprised of recycled material.

Doe Run’s mining, recycling and metal production operations in Southeast Missouri represent several steps in the successful circular economy model, and contribute more than $1 billion to the state’s economy, totaling nearly half of the lead battery industry’s economic impact in Missouri. Additionally, Doe Run provides $112.3 million in payroll to over 1,100 Missouri employees, and supports a total of 3,480 direct, indirect and induced jobs. The company also supports Missouri businesses by buying local. In 2018, the company spent more than $181 million with nearly 700 Missouri vendors.

“Our goal is to sustain our business for the long term and thereby provide quality products to our customers and enduring benefits for our employees and the communities,” said Jerry Pyatt, Doe Run president and CEO. “We continue to invest in innovation and operations in Southeast Missouri, so we can remain a major employer in this area well into the future. This includes providing nearly $179,000 in 2018 toward educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, and university scholarships that can put students on the path to successful careers in our industry.”

“A key factor in our decision to locate a $35 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Mo., was the proximity to some of the most advanced lead alloy and mining technology in the U.S.,” said Tim Vargo, chairman, president and CEO of Exide Technologies, a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. “Convenient access to advanced lead technology enables Exide to efficiently manufacture the high-quality, longer-lasting and more durable batteries our customers require in each of our business segments.”

When Pennsylvania-based EnerSys, a global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, wanted to expand its production capacity, it acquired a Springfield company that complemented its existing Missouri operations. “The manufacturing processes and quality standards of NorthStar were very similar to one of our growing product lines,” said David M. Shaffer, president and CEO of EnerSys. “We were very impressed with the proven expertise and training of the Springfield production teams and that will accelerate our growth in parallel with the increasing worldwide demand for batteries used for the motive power, transportation, telecom and uninterruptible power supply industries.”

The Economic Contribution of the U.S. Lead Battery Industry was prepared by the Economic Development Research Group at the request of Essential Energy Everyday and BCI.

About Battery Council International

Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing the lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies. For more information on the association, visit www.batterycouncil.org.

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, Mo., and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in 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.

About EnerSys

EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes reserve power and motive power batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions to customers worldwide. Motive power batteries and chargers are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other commercial electric powered vehicles. Reserve power batteries are used in the telecommunication and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies, and numerous applications requiring stored energy solutions including medical, aerospace and defense systems. EnerSys provides highly integrated power solutions and services to broadband, telecom, renewable and industrial customers. Outdoor equipment enclosure products are utilized in the telecommunication, cable, utility and transportation industries, and by government and defense customers. The company also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers from over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world.

About Exide Technologies

Exide Technologies (www.exide.com) is a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. Exide’s 130 years of technology innovation combined with operations in more than 80 countries enables the company to deliver compelling solutions for the world’s current and future power needs. Exide produces and recycles a broad range of products, serving the Transportation, Network Power and Motive Power market segments with battery and energy storage systems and specialty applications for a broad range of industries including: agricultural, automotive, electric, light and heavy-duty truck, marine, materials handling, military, mining, powersport, railroad, security, telecommunications, utility and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), among others. Exide is Powering the World Forward – history and scale combined with a start-up mentality make Exide the right choice for customers who want more than simply a battery supplier.

[1]Taxes include employee contributions to social insurance, sales taxes, property taxes, motor vehicle license fees, severance taxes, corporate taxes, personal income taxes, and other miscellaneous taxes
[2] “Renewable Energy Storage,” July 9, 2018, Essential Energy Everyday

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Energy Storage Briefing: Applications for Electrification, Grid Resiliency and Climate Change Mitigation - February 12

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Experts with Real World Experience Describe Opportunities and Challenges to Meet

 Soaring Energy Storage and Sustainability Needs

 

WASHINGTONFebruary 5Over the next 10 years, the global battery market is estimated to grow 110%, which equates to $115 billion. A number of macro trends are influencing this growth. Foremost is that batteries are a key technology for new concepts of mobility and energy (e.g. electric mobility, stationary storage) supported by the following trends:

  •  Population increase and city growth challenging existing mobility and energy solutions; the increasing electrification of our planet
  • A shift in energy production, with increasing focus on renewable energies as an alternative to fossil fuel and nuclear
  • A global awareness regarding global warming pushing for the adoption of green solutions, including circular economies that support sustainability
  • The need for grid resiliency and security to protect big data from domestic and foreign data breaches
  • The increased need for back-up power to maintain connectivity (of all devices) between people and critical services as natural disasters grow in frequency and severity

To understand these needs and in recognition of National Battery Day*, a panel of researchers and experts who experience the real life challenges to find solutions will share updates on innovative lead battery research as well as public/private partnerships to meet the need for renewable energy and create efficient energy models to lower the planet’s carbon footprint and stabilize the grid.

Essential Energy Everyday and Battery Council International will host their second annual energy briefing February 12 on Capitol Hill. The discussion will review latest lead battery research and highlight the essentiality of energy storage in nearly every aspect of our lives, including electrification and climate change mitigation. Panel experts will discuss a host of issues: performance research, transportation and renewable energy, GHG emissions, data centers, grid resilience, safety standards, circularity and more.

Date:                               Wednesday, February 12

 Time:                              1:30-2:30 p.m.

Location:                          US Capitol Visitor Center, SVC-208, Lower Level

                First St SE, Washington, DC

Please Note: If you do not have a Congressional ID, you must register 48 hours prior to February 12; to register, please email Lisa Dry at ldry@batterycouncil.org.

Sponsors:                       Battery Council International and Essential Energy Everyday

Featured Panelists: Brief presentations followed by Q&A.  

Angela Rolufs, VP Strategic Energy Initiatives Paragon Business Solutions, Inc.
Topic: The boundless mobility of our society and its move to electrification challenge drivers who experience “range anxiety” and grid managers who want to avoid demand surges. Angela will discuss a project she is leading that explores how battery energy storage can help mitigate the power demand fluctuations and costs
associated with EV fast charging stations.

Matthew Raiford, Ph.D., Manager Consortium for Battery Innovation
Topic: With millions of cars and trucks on U.S. highways, it’s important vehicles be reliable and environmentally sound. Start-stop technology, enabled by lead batteries, is helping by eliminating 4.5 million tons of GHG emissions each year in the U.S. Matt will discuss current research to further improve battery performance.

 Alan French, VP of Engineering QTS Data Centers
Topic: California wildfires and rolling blackouts have caused thousands of people, including emergency personnel, and critical services to lose access to communications, contributing to loss of life. Our economy is increasingly reliant on data and telecommunication centers. Alan will explain challenges and solutions to meeting the increasing demand.

Richard Kluge, Service Line Director Ericsson, Inc.
Topic: The standards and codes for battery chemistries should differ by chemistry type and application. Richard will discuss the expertise he provides to the telecommunications industry and standard-setting bodies to ensure battery systems deliver as expected, in a safe and reliable manner.

H.G. Chissell, Founder/CEO Advanced Energy Agency (AEA) and Advanced Energy Group (AEG)
Topic: As cities adopt year 2050 decarbonization goals, there’s growing need for diverse stakeholder groups to cooperate and expedite energy transformationH.G. will share his experience driving productive dialogue to deliver steady progress.

Moderator: Roger Miksad, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Battery Council International

Learn More at Essential Energy Everyday

Essential Energy Everyday exists to increase awareness of the critical importance of lead batteries in powering our daily lives and future. It encourages continued investment in sustainable lead battery technology to store and provide energy on demand. Its initiative is supported by the two global trade associations that represent the lead battery and lead industries, Battery Council International and the International Lead Association.

About Battery Council International

Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies. For more information, visit Battery Council International.  

Learn more at Essential Energy Everyday.

*National Battery Day is February 18.

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Lead Battery Industry and Value Chain Establish Global Material Stewardship Program

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, February 4, 2020
  • Associations endorse key principles designed to serve as a best-practice framework for the responsible management of lead throughout the lifecycle of automotive and industrial batteries
  • Commitment will promote continuous improvement and globally shared best practices

WASHINGTON, January 21, 2020 — A global alliance of lead and lead battery industry groups has adopted a set of guiding principles designed to help further protect workers and the environment. The move comes as business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, review sustainability and ways to reduce their impact on the environment

Worldwide demand for batteries is set to increase significantly as low carbon policies promote electrification and battery energy storage. This demand will increase competition for access to raw materials and could potentially be matched by an uptick in the unregulated recycling sector. By joining forces around a new set of guiding principles, the industry is working towards addressing the improper use of substandard manufacturing and recycling operations.

In the United States and in Europe lead battery recycling is achieved in a closed loop – where the battery materials are recycled back into new batteries – with up to 99% being recycled. However, in some low and middle-income countries, improper and unregulated recycling of lead batteries can cause serious health risks for employees and nearby communities.

Industry groups representing lead and lead battery manufacturers and recyclers have signed up to seven key principles and launched a taskforce to implement a wide-ranging material stewardship program. The industry groups – the International Lead Association (ILA), U.S.-based Battery Council International (BCI), the Association of Battery Recyclers (ABR) and EU-based automotive and industrial battery association EUROBAT – together represent battery manufacturers in the United States and Europe and battery recyclers globally.

The guiding principles represent an agreement between the organizations, and participating member companies, to develop performance indicators and policies that will ensure continuous improvement in the management of lead exposure and emissions and further minimize the environmental impact of used lead batteries. The principles also promote the adoption of responsible sourcing policies, working through supply chains to ensure that the lead used for battery manufacturing is produced from environmentally sound recycling practices.

David Shaffer, BCI President, and President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S.-based EnerSys said: “This is a significant moment for the lead battery industry and its lead suppliers in North America and Europe. In September we agreed to move forward with this program, and have collaborated over the past four months to agree to this set of guiding principles. We are committed to work together for the responsible and safe manufacture and recycling of batteries and believe we can make a difference in countries where the need for improvement is greatest.”

Marc Zoellner, EUROBAT President, and Chief Executive Officer of EU-based Hoppecke Batteries said: “The main goal of this program is to work together with stakeholders such as leading global environmental authorities, NGOs and regulators and to help improve global standards especially in low and middle-income countries. As a responsible industry, we commit ourselves to developing a formal sourcing policy and health and safety performance with the ultimate objective of establishing a new set of targets. This Material Stewardship project will supplement another self-imposed initiative from the battery industry, namely its successful ‘employee blood lead reduction‘ program1, which was implemented in Europe and the USA more than 20 years ago.”

Last fall the groups signed a binding memorandum of cooperation and agreed to work together to boost efforts to improve battery recycling in low and middle-income countries.

The Guiding Principles:

1. Support responsible battery manufacturing and recycling by placing environmental health and safety excellence at the heart of our operations.

2. Promote the sound management of lead exposure and emissions by setting continuous improvement targets and sharing best practices.

3. Adopt responsible sourcing policies for lead-containing materials, seek to identify risks in the supply chain, and use our influence to promote best practices for EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) performance in suppliers’ operations.

4. Minimize the environmental impact of our products by encouraging the development of programs that ensure effective collection, transportation and environmentally sound recycling of used lead batteries.

5. Adopt business practices that consider the communities impacted by our operations, respect the human and labor rights of our employees and work against corruption in all its forms.

6. Proactively engage key stakeholders in an open and transparent manner.

7. Partner with key stakeholders and government agencies to share our expertise and promote environmentally sound recycling of lead batteries in low and medium-income countries.

A taskforce of the associations will oversee the project which will include setting measures for member companies to assess their performance and ensure they are aligned with the guiding principles.

Additional resources will be provided to continue outreach and best practice sharing in low and middle-income countries alongside the United Nations Environment Programme and with NGOs who are working to reduce the impact of pollution from informal recycling of lead batteries.

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1. More information on the voluntary blood lead reduction target to protect worker health can be found here.

Notes to editors:
1. The memorandum of co-operation signed last year can be found here.

2. For more information please contact the following media offices:

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East Penn Manufacturing Co. Receives Industry Award

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, January 31, 2020

LYONS, PA – East Penn Manufacturing Co. has earned the prestigious MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award for 2020. The MVS Award is granted by the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association). This is the fifth consecutive year that East Penn Manufacturing Co. has earned the MVS Award. This industry Award recognizes companies who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their dealer network, their employees and their community.

To qualify for the MVS Award, East Penn Manufacturing Co. was required to meet a series of criteria in a number of areas important to the distributor companies who do business with them. In addition to confirming an on-going commitment to safety and documenting a program that “gives back,” MVS Award winners have demonstrated an overall commitment to business excellence by documenting programs in the following areas:

  • Industry Advocacy
  • Distributor Advocacy
  • Business Networking
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Best Practices

East Penn is honored to again receive the MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award,” stated Doug Bouquard, GM and VP of Sales, Motive Power Division. “Achieving this award five years in a row is an amazing accomplishment and is only possible through the continued commitment of our employees, our independently owned North American dealer network, and the customers we serve.” Bouquard added, “We are proud to share this award with everyone that continues to demonstrate the Deka Difference.”

“Achievement of MHEDA’s MVS status represents members who have demonstrated a commitment to their business and its employees, their industry and also to the communities within which they serve,” said Mike Vaughn, 2019 MHEDA Chairman of the Board and Chief Financial Officer of Liftech Equipment Companies in East Syracuse, NY.

East Penn is a leading manufacturer of high quality lead-acid batteries and accessories for the automotive, commercial, marine, motive power, UPS, and telecommunication markets. The company’s quality and environmental systems for its entire 520-acre complex have been certified to ISO 9001:2008, ISO/TS 16949:2009, and ISO 14001:2015 requirements. For more information, visit the company website at www.dekabatteries.com.

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the premier trade association dedicated to serving all segments of the material handling business community. MHEDA represents close 650 companies in the material handling equipment business. Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices. For more information, visit www.mheda.org.

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John "Duke" R. Pierson Passes Away at 83

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, January 27, 2020

John “Duke” Pierson joined his beloved wife, Celine Pierson (nee Schallhorn) in eternal life on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at the age of 83. Loving father and father-in-law of Carolyn (Francisco) Benitez, Leslie (Mark) Dahl, and Beth (Jerry) Ratway. Amazing grandpa to Amanda (Emil), Alyson (Radovon), Breanna (Khalid), Travis (Megan), Tyler (Jamie) and Emma. Cherished great grandpa to Jayden, Lily, Alijana, Armani, Khalea and Olivia. Further survived by his loving sister Nancy Pierson and sister-in-law Jean Schallhorn. Also survived by nephews and nieces, other relatives and many good friends.

John was a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He built an unprecedented career with Globe Union/Johnson Controls over 38 years. His work in the field is renowned across the world. He was an avid bowler, golfer and gardener. He enjoyed time with his family, travel with his wife, family and friends, wintering in Florida and summer retreats to St Germain. Visitation Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Mother of Perpetual Help Church (Immaculate Heart of Mary Campus – 1212 S. 117th St.) 11AM until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 1PM. Private interment St. Joseph Cemetery – Waukesha. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Heart Association appreciated.

"You will always be loved, remembered and missed"

To send flowers to the family of John "Duke" R. Pierson, please visit Tribute Store. Learn more about the visitation here.

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Save the Date: Lead Battery Industry Returns to Capitol Hill February 12

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, January 24, 2020

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Doe Run's Anthony Staley Joins Executive Team

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, January 23, 2020

THE DOE RUN COMPANY PROMOTES ANTHONY STALEY TO VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, METALS DIVISION

The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) is pleased to announce Dr. Anthony Staley’s promotion to vice president and general manager, Metals Division. In his new role, Staley joins the company’s executive team and continues to oversee recycling operations for Doe Run’s lead recycling facility in Boss, Missouri, and refinery in Herculaneum, Missouri.

“We are pleased to welcome Anthony to our executive team,” said Jerry Pyatt, Doe Run president and CEO. “Anthony has demonstrated strong leadership skills and operational acumen that are important to achieving our operational, safety and environmental goals.”

Staley joined Doe Run in 2017 as general manager of the company’s Metals Division. The majority of Staley’s role has been management of the Resource Recycling operation, one of the world’s largest single-site lead battery recycling facilities, bringing a deep knowledge of metallurgy and sound business and operational improvements to the operation. He also oversees the company’s refinery in Herculaneum, where metal alloying and casting takes place.

Staley has more than 20 years of experience in operations and management at large-scale mining and metal production facilities across the globe. He holds a doctorate in metallurgy and materials engineering, master’s degree in business and economics, and bachelor’s degree in chemical and petroleum-refining engineering.

Doe Run’s Metals Division includes more than 300 employees, most of whom support the recycling of lead-based materials at Resource Recycling. The facility serves metals customers and the battery manufacturing industry by keeping lead batteries out of landfills and putting valuable lead metal back to work. Resource Recycling annually recycles approximately 11.5 million lead batteries and other lead bearing material. The lead recycling plant also handles lead bullets and shot, lead-based paint chips, metallic lead scrap, and lead-bearing residues.

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 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, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in 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.

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Meet BCI's New Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Roger Miksad

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, January 7, 2020

In 2020, BCI welcomes new Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Roger Miksad. We sat down with Roger to learn more about his thoughts on the industry.

How did you get involved in the industry?

I started working for BCI ten years ago when I joined David Weinberg’s team at Wiley Rein. Over the years, I have supported BCI’s Board of Directors, Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS), Marketing and Technical Committees, authored the BCI Battery Labeling Manual, and led the association’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts in California, Washington, and other states.

What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the industry from a regulatory and legislative perspective?

Particularly over the past few years, the industry has faced increasing regulatory and legislative attention as lead issues more broadly have gained exposure in the public eye. While most of that attention rightly focuses on children’s exposures to lead from lead paint and drinking water, there is an unfortunate tendency to view all lead-related industries with a broad brush. Our mission is to ensure that regulators and legislators understand why we are different and the great strides the lead battery industry has made to protect our workers and neighbors.

What do you feel are the most pressing issues the industry is facing?

Today the industry faces numerous pressing regulatory and legislative issues. We have already seen significant disruption from California’s attention to lead batteries, and the state still has several impactful programs ongoing, namely the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and the green chemistry review. And, at least two other states have OSHA rulemakings underway.

There are also looming federal pressures. The two most potentially impactful long-term federal efforts will be OSHA’s long-planned effort to update the workplace lead rules, and Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) eventual evaluation of lead under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) program. EPA will also soon review the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) air rules and is likely to update the requirements for lead cleanup sites. In addition, 17 federal government agencies have committed to turn their attention to lead as part of the federal “Lead Action Plan” to protect children. Any one of those regulatory programs has the potential to impact our industry.

We also can’t lose sight of the severe regulatory challenges we face in Europe as part of the EU’s REACH program and the End-of-Life Vehicle directive.

What do you value about BCI?

BCI is a unique organization that represents an established and strong manufacturing and recycling industry that competes in high-tech sectors and provides critical components for the automotive, industrial and infrastructure investments the country needs. While the underlying technology of lead batteries has been around for a long time, I see nothing stagnant about the industry. The issues BCI’s members care about are exciting; the industry leads the world on recycling, and is investing in cutting-edge R&D programs to ensure the continued success of lead batteries.

I greatly enjoy working with all the BCI folks I regularly interact with on the BCI Board, the EHS and Marketing Committees, association staff, and all the employees I meet during plant tours. I could not ask for a better industry to work for.

Roger joined the private law firm Wiley Rein LLP in 2009, and has counseled a range of chemical and product manufacturers on environmental, health, and safety related regulatory matters before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and other federal and state agencies. Roger has worked for BCI throughout his career. Roger is a familiar face at the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo, EHS Conference, committee meetings, and other events where he presents and briefs the members on BCI’s regulatory and legislative efforts.

Roger will be BCI’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel. He will lead BCI’s regulatory and legislative efforts on EHS and other matters, and serve as BCI’s in-house legal advisor.

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Early-Stage Research Hints at Big Advancements Ahead in Lead Battery Energy Storage Innovation

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, December 12, 2019

                  CEOs Visit DOE National Laboratory to Review Collaborative Research Project

WASHINGTON, December 11, 2019 – A three-year scientific research project currently underway at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is showing promising results to unlock the untapped potential of lead batteries. Lead batteries currently supply over 70% of the world’s rechargeable battery energy needs. Yet, possibilities exist to expand their performance to meet growing energy storage and transportation demands.

The project is funded by a joint industry CRADA (Cooperative Research and Development Agreement) comprised of more than 90% of the U.S. lead battery industry. They are working with Argonne scientists to study lead and its unrealized potential for batteries, which can be employed for both transportation and the nation’s energy infrastructure. The CRADA is part of the ongoing research and development by the lead battery and recycling industry, which spent more than $100 million in battery R&D in 2018, supports nearly 25,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs, and generates $26.3 billion in economic output.

Titled “Lead Battery Science Research Program (LBSRP),” the CRADA was formed on behalf of the American lead battery industry and is managed by Electric Applications Incorporated (EAI). As it enters its second year, CRADA partners, including members and staff of Battery Council International (BCI), the International Lead Association and the Consortium for Battery Innovation visited Argonne’s Chicago campus last month for a program update.

Early Results: Next-Gen Lead Batteries Ahead
“Although we’re in the early discovery stage with this project, we’re already seeing results that will help us to develop next-generation batteries to meet the huge growth in demand for reliable and secure energy storage,” said David Shaffer, president and CEO of EnerSys, a Pennsylvania-based battery manufacturer. Shaffer, who also leads the BCI board of directors, is interested in how the findings will translate to real world products.

“The goal of all our companies is to constantly improve performance in lead battery technology – especially cycle life and dynamic charge acceptance.” He said the work at Argonne further underscores the importance of government collaboration with American industry to develop next-generation batteries, manufactured domestically for use in vehicle and grid applications.

Argonne’s High-Tech Capabilities

Argonne is a pioneering science and engineering research center, where talented scientists and engineers work together toward pivotal discoveries to answer the biggest questions facing humanity. The lab has a strong battery research program and is home to the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a DOE Office of Science User Facility. The APS provides ultra-bright, high-energy, storage ring-generated X-ray beams that allow researchers to see deep within a battery’s lead to identify complex chemical reactions in real-time.


Dr. Venkat Srinivasan, director of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS), explained the significance of the research. “Look at where the world is going over the next 10, 20 and 30 years, and energy storage is crucial for all of that.” Though research findings are pending, Dr. Srinivasan, explained why Argonne is uniquely positioned to advance breathtaking innovation.


“We are able to assemble big teams to solve big problems,” said Dr. Srinivasan. The laboratory also has specialized equipment to facilitate research that few, if any, companies could build and operate on their own. “We want to move the ideas we have out to industry, and what you [the lead battery industry] are doing is critical to us.”


Lead Batteries: Proven, Reliable, Sustainable
The transition to greater decarbonization, driven by a desire for renewable energy sources that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will require a portfolio of battery chemistries and technologies to meet the demand. The lead battery industry offers a proven and reliable technology that can be delivered today, at scale, and sourced from domestic materials, unlike newer battery technologies.


Truly “clean” energy demands a sustainability profile, as exemplified by lead batteries’ closed-loop model recognized by the World Economic Forum as a perfect example of a circular economy. The nationwide infrastructure of the lead battery industry keeps more than 129 million lead batteries out of landfills annually by recycling 99% of lead batteries.

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Note to Editors: Photos of the inside of the laboratory are available, please contact Lisa Dry, 202-367-1240, ldry@batterycouncil.org. Additional information on the CRADA project is available here: https://essentialenergyeveryday.com/argonne-lab-lead-batteries/.

Learn More at Essential Energy Everyday
Essential Energy Everyday exists to increase awareness of the critical importance of lead batteries in powering our daily lives and future. It encourages continued investment in sustainable lead battery technology to store and provide energy on demand. Its initiative is supported by the two global trade associations that represent the lead battery and lead industries, Battery Council International and the International Lead Association.

About Battery Council International
Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies. For more information, visit Battery Council International.

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