Low-lead initiatives hit red brass, radiators

Nov 07, 2013 | 05:54 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  red brass, radiators, scrap, brass, brass ingot makers, low lead initiatives, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — With the federal government’s introduction of a series of low-lead initiatives, brass ingot makers are analyzing the long-term viability of several grades of brass scrap, including No. 1 composition solids, or red brass, and radiators.

The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act will go into effect at the beginning of 2014 (amm.com, Jan. 15) in conjunction with the National Clean Water Framework, which the Obama admisitration launched April 27, 2011.

Several sources said that the shift to low-lead material could signal a major change in flow of material. "I have been buying red brass and radiators for the past 40 years; it has always been the standard ingot makers’ diet," one ingot maker told AMM, noting that players within the industry have dubbed the various low-lead initiatives as "ObamaWater." ....

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