Our Commitments

Remediation

The Doe Run Company serves not only as an industry leader, but also as a leader in the cleanup and remediation of historic lead mining sites. We believe managing and making the most of the natural resources in our care can make tomorrow better than today. From 2011 through 2014, Doe Run has spent more than $42 million on remediation investments.

Fast Facts:

Over the years, Doe Run also has completed remediation work at St. Joe State Park, including building this drainage swale that uses various sizes of rock to control water runoff and erosion, and convey water through the park.
  • Doe Run is one of the last Missouri mining companies focused on taking past lead-mining sites — some of which were owned or operated by other companies — and giving them new purpose.  
  • Doe Run’s remediation efforts encompass a variety of tailings sites in St. Francois County and Jasper County in Missouri, as well as Cascade County, Mont. Our remediation work ranges from installing water retention basins, and covering chat and tailing piles with rock and fresh soil, to planting native vegetation.
  • Before remediation begins, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approves Doe Run’s work plan.
  • Currently, Doe Run is participating in a pilot project with MFA Oil Biomass LLC and Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) to plant Miscanthus grass at the company’s Mine 28 tailings site. Doe Run may plant additional acres at other closed tailing sites if the pilot program proves successful.
  • In 2010, Doe Run reached a comprehensive settlement with the EPA and the state of Missouri. As part of that settlement, Doe Run agreed to cease its smelting operations in Herculaneum at the end of 2013. Doe Run has submitted a plan to the EPA to remediate the smelter site and is awaiting approval. In March 2012, Riverview Commerce Park LLC (RCP) announced intentions to purchase and develop approximately 350 acres of Doe Run's Herculaneum property for development of a port and industrial park. In 2013, RCP began Phase 1 of the port development through a lease agreement, modifying the existing rail and barge loading facilities for shipping.