New recycling plant will lower lead emissions by up to 25 per cent

CLEAN: Energy and Mining Minister and Stuart MP Dan Van Holst Pellekaan, left, and Nyrstar's Vice-President Australian Operations Dale Webb look forward to the project.
CLEAN: Energy and Mining Minister and Stuart MP Dan Van Holst Pellekaan, left, and Nyrstar's Vice-President Australian Operations Dale Webb look forward to the project.

A new era has dawned for Port Pirie.

Nyrstar lead smelter and the State Government plan to build a product-recycling facility at the plant to reduce lead levels and improve the long-term health of the community with a focus on lowering blood-lead levels in children.

Construction on the new $23 million facility will start early next year and it will create more jobs for the region and is expected to reduce lead emissions by up to 25 per cent.

Premier Steven Marshall said he was "proud that Nyrstar and my government have joined forces to take action to deal decisively with lead emissions and improve the health of children".

"This will create 75 jobs at the peak of construction and sustain hundreds of jobs in the life of the project, delivering a significant economic boost for Port Pirie's economy."

The new 6850 square-metre structure (equivalent to more than five Olympic-sized swimming pools) will store and transport feedstock materials along a covered conveyor belt to the furnace.

The facility will eliminate dust generated from exposed material stockpiles and in handling and transporting materials at the site.

The building will also be vacuum-sealed to contain fine dust.

Nyrstar's Vice-President Australian Operations and smelter chief Dale Webb and Energy and Mining Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan told of the venture while at Solomontown Beach on Friday.

Mr Webb thanked the government for allocating $7 million towards the project.

"We thank the government for their support of our actions to make a significant and sustained reduction to lead-in-air concentrations in the community," he said.

"This will fundamentally change how we do business on site and permanently reduce our lead-in-air emissions.

"We value the partnership approach to improving the health of the local community."

Mr Van Holst Pellekaan said the recycling facility was another significant investment that will would reduce lead-in-blood levels of children.

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