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ILA Collaborates with the EPA to Protect Aquatic Life

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has partnered with the International Lead Association (ILA) in a joint effort to protect aquatic life by leveraging the scientific expertise of ILA and eight other metal associations. This Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) will utilize new science on the importance of water chemistry and the potential toxicity of metals in order to enhance the protection of aquatic organisms and improve U.S. water quality assessments. Learn more about the initiative here.


The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) is a member of ILA.
As stewards of the estimated 38 million gallons of water that naturally flow into its six mines and other facilities, Doe Run has already taken steps to protect aquatic life in Missouri’s streams. Over the past five years, the company installed five treatment plants to manage water used in its mining and milling processes. This water is cleaned and treated with a chemical process before it is released to the environment.