Doe Run Launches School Bus and Science Lab Improvement Programs
ST. LOUIS (Feb. 12, 2013) – Between 2013 and 2015, The Doe Run Company will invest a total of $500,000 to help Missouri schools retrofit bus fleets to decrease their carbon footprint and improve environmental practices in school science labs. Schools in Jefferson County are encouraged to apply for company grants beginning this February to make the improvements possible. The $500,000 investment marks the first of several community-based, environmental projects slated over the next two years as part of Doe Run’s 2010 landmark agreement with the EPA.
“It is important to Doe Run that we provide enduring benefits to our communities, and these two projects are excellent examples of that commitment at work,” said Gary Hughes, general manager of Doe Run’s Primary Smelting Division. “This program will help establish a safer and healthier environment for Missouri students, and is one example of our commitment to operating sustainably – balancing social, economic and environmental responsibilities.”
Process and Timing: To take advantage of these programs, schools in Jefferson County must apply for the grants between now and July 2013. Doe Run will make grants available on a first-come, first-served basis. Any remaining funds will be made available to school districts in Dent, Iron, Washington, Scott and Reynolds counties beginning Aug. 1, 2013.
Letters will be mailed to Jefferson County superintendents and school administrators in February detailing the application process.
Clean Diesel Retrofit: Doe Run will provide a total of $300,000 in grants to retrofit diesel-powered school bus engines to improve emissions. After receiving the Doe Run grant, each school district will contract independently with their maintenance providers or vendors to complete the work on each engine. Upgrades are aimed at reducing school bus emissions of nitrogen oxide, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds by up to 90 percent. School districts will be required to share data reporting reductions and progress with Doe Run.
School Laboratory Clean-Out: Doe Run will also contribute $200,000 to help schools remove hazardous waste or old chemicals from their science labs, photo and art studios, and darkrooms, as well as provide training to school personnel who oversee these learning environments. Schools will contract independently with safety professionals to assess each lab and safely dispose of waste, including dangerous corrosives and carcinogens. These professionals also will educate lab supervisors on proper chemical handling and develop a chemical management plan to better manage identification, separation, storage and disposal. Through these efforts, school staff will be better equipped to prevent accidental spills and reduce the risk of unsafe combinations that can lead to fire and other risks.
“Providing a great learning environment for students is our number one priority, and these efforts will help us protect that environment for years to come,” said Stan Stratton, Dunklin R-V School District superintendent. “Doe Run is an avid supporter of our district and we look forward to the possibility of working together to improve our fleet. We hope our colleagues in neighboring districts take the company up on these offers as well. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”
In addition to the upcoming grant program, Doe Run employees provide ongoing time and expertise to support local schools. Company support includes teaching minerals education, supporting local science fairs, donating school supplies, offering internships, and improving recreational facilities. Local students pursuing degrees in engineering, chemistry, geology, mining or geosciences also benefit – Doe Run awards an average of more than $14,000 in scholarships to students on an annual basis.
In the coming months, Doe Run will begin work on additional environmental mitigation projects, such as installing renewable energy sources to power, heat and cool local buildings.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. 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.