Nyrstar will build a product recycling facility at its Port Pirie smelter to significantly reduce fugitive lead emissions and vastly improve the long-term health of the Port Pirie community, particularly the local children.

The state government is providing a $7 million grant, and Nyrstar will pay for the rest of the $23 million total cost of the facility.

“This outstanding initiative will create 75 jobs at the peak of construction and sustain hundreds of jobs over the life of the project, delivering a significant economic boost for Port Pirie’s economy,” said Premier Marshall.

The open area where materials are currently stored and mixed will be enclosed by a large facility that will reduce lead in air emissions by up to 25 per cent

Materials are currently processed in an open-air environment. The new 6,850 square metre structure (equivalent to more than 5 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 facility will also be negatively pressured to contain fine dust particles.

Housing the storage and transport of materials in an enclosed facility prevents fine lead containing dust particles from escaping and affecting community health.

Preliminary works are expected to commence in early 2022. From approval, the construction of the facility is expected to take less than 30 months to complete.

Last month, Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan announced that Nyrstar and the state government have agreed to extend Targeted Lead Abatement Program (TLAP) to 2034.

The state government also announced a $2.5 million program to upgrade 43 Housing SA dwellings with young children in the areas of Port Pirie at greatest risk of exposure. Remediation works are tailored for each property and may include sealing the homes and improving outdoor areas to remove legacy lead.

A $875,000 master plan and greening strategy to better manage community exposure to lead in public spaces is underway. Baseline investigations for a master plan, a water supply feasibility study and small community grants will inform how green public spaces can be sustained and safely enjoyed by the people of Port Pirie.

Sourced from the Premier of South Australia’s website: New recycling facility to cut lead in air by up to 25 per cent