Skip to comments.EPA agents raid ammunition company on alleged ‘environmental violations’
Posted on 03/30/2014 7:42:36 AM PDT by Hoodat
Environmental Protection Agency and FBI agents raided the ammunition company USA Brass over alleged environmental violations early Thursday morning.
NBC Montana was tipped off by witnesses that federal investigators were there until at least 4 a.m. on Thursday. Federal agents could be seen going through the companys building and taking items to a truck parked outside. EPA lead criminal investigator Bert Marsden said that the agency was looking into alleged environmental violations by USA Brass.
We are investigating alleged violations of environmental law, Marsden said on Thursday. An investigation takes as long as it takes, and I cant provide any details as it relates to that.
I can make a statement that there is no immediate threat to the public or the community at this time, said Marsden.
Its unclear exactly what the environmental violations were, but USA Brass has come under fire from federal agencies before for lead exposure. USA Brass cleans and resells used ammunition casings, and NBC Montana reports that local health officials found elevated levels of lead in the blood of 22 current and former employees.
Last September, the company was fined more than $45,000 by the U.S. Labor Department for 10 serious violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also found that USA Brass has overexposed workers to lead and failed to provide basic safeguards to reduce lead exposure, including breathing protection and protective clothing, reports NBC Montana. . .
When are people going to start shooting back at these goons?
A message being sent...intimidation.
With some exceptions, gun restriction laws are not getting through. Look for all kinds of more subtle ways of intimidating the firearms industry and hampering gun ownership.
Sounds like a disgruntled ex-employee and/or federal harassment. This administration is corrupt and out to dissemble America.
Good question. If/when that happens, look for the floodgates to open. Then the serious jackbooted crackdown, followed by who knows what.
You notice that they are going to chip away and harass until they eventually have their way with taking away gun rights.
They are nibbling daily. Pretty soon they won’t be nibbling, they will take big bites.
“Not sure why the EPA and FBI decided to get involved. “
Because it’s a liberal agenda item. The astonishing thing is that the FBI has in the last two weeks arrested several Democrats. Those agents are risking their careers and they know it. It’s similar to...say, the 1938 Berlin cops arrested a few Nazi party leaders.
tThe lead probably came from infant/toddler nibbling on painted wooden cribs made in China, and fishing sinkers-
Impossible to prove from whence came the lead.
I do think the government wants that. It would allow them to take some special actions. But in the end, they will be sorry.
USA Brass is causing Global Warming at the direction of George W. Bush. I am surprized that NOAA wasn’t involved in the raid as well. NASA should have paricipated to make sure Muslims were reached out to also.
That big bite will likely be more than they can chew. They will continue to nibble, it is all they can do.
Don’t be caught off guard, this nibbling is becoming more frequent.
For me, when they start to wonder whether they’ll be coming home at night is a good thing, IMO.
Instead of buying ammunition now the government is just going to steal it!
Many wastes contaminated with lead are federal hazardous wastes [over]regulated by EPA.
How many of the > 1 billion hollow-point rounds bought by the Feds have gone to the EPA?
A return to the original four federal departments would be the greatest gift this country could ever receive (along with robust term limits in all three branches, and repeal of the 17th).
Can we at least get a Tyrannical Protection Agency proposed before the next civil war starts? It’ll have to be a rush job, though.
Don’t stop there. Keep going.
Can they get any more blatant and obvious?
ahahahaha THANK YOU!
Another way to limit gun owner 2nd A rights. Well I am stocked piled for a while. For both the 9 mm Ruger and my Taurus Ultra Lite revolver 38. And Taurus just moved to state Income Tax free Tennessee. :-), need to beef up the 12 gauge though. Since we have great grands, we have a gun safe. I’m the CCW permit holder.
The IRS will be next.
Now that the US feral government is under the control of the totalitarian socialists, government agencies are all weapons now.
Not sure why the EPA and FBI decided to get involved.
Because OSHA can’t ban the use of lead in bullets and neither OSHA nor the EPA can come in with an armed attack.
Ok, now that I think about it they might be able to now; but they need some on the job training since they didn’t used to be able to.
Forgot about the Hope and Change.
Oh, I think it's pretty clear. They don't want the problem solved, they want to shut down the place period.
Are there any government departments left who don’t have their own “SWAT” team? This joint is getting worse than the old Third Reich. With more and more Federal employees being armed every day, the importance of the Second Amendment becomes more obvious.
That halfrican is but a dull tan tøøl.
That muffled sound is a whirlwind growing . . .
It is a measure of how smug they feel about their agenda, that is all. Hitler has that bunch of homos out running around making people miserable--until he had them rounded up, too.
Maybe someone threatened to disclose how much of the so called 'gun violence' problem is actually a false flag operation like fast and furious. We're at the point where Conservatives would tell the Government to get stuffed, have it on tape, and would blow the story wide open on the web, so the Gummint needs to have insiders pull off their dirty work.
I think they did that in Connecticut already.
Being an “ammo mfg plant”, the ATF should have had jurisdiction and been first on the scene.
Any reason for them to suspend any of the FFL class licensees required to operate such a business in the U.S. would make them jump for joy at the justification of their existence.
Reminds me of the scene from Ghostbusters when the EPA guys says’ “If he does that again you can shoot him.”
Followed by a Declaration of Martial Law and suspension of the Constitution under President for life Obama.
(Peace be upon Him)
(Peace be upon Him)
Excuse me, but you misspelled piss...
Probably checking to see how they dispose of tainted waste water or other items into the environment. The FBI? Not sure but why not? It's a Fed party. Maybe the local Field Office Director reloads his own.
Not about environmental violations it’s about setting up a plan to shut down munitions plants thru the EPA with FBI muscle. Back dooring anti gun legislation
“This administration is corrupt and out to dissemble America.”
Should be: Dismantle...or disassemble.
Arguably, “dissemble”, ‘to mislead as to the true nature of’ is applicable to the Admins’ activities, but I don’t think it’s what you meant.
“Then the serious jackbooted crackdown, followed by who knows what. “
Let me help you out here. Then the 1776 solution. Coming sooner than you think. :-)
...I can make a statement that there is no immediate threat to the public or the community at this time, said Marsden...
You’re the threat, Marsden.
A visit from the EPA is always a threat to the public and the community. Heck, while snooping around, you might find 6 inches of standing water in an adjacent field for more than a week, and declare the whole area a protected wetland. That’s what you EPA jerkoffs do.
If you don’t vote Republican in the mid-terms and in 2016, you can expect lots more of this. Get it folks?
You are correct. I meant to spell disassemble. At this point, any negative connotation will work with this administration.
Just letting every agency try on their jackboots.
being anti lead is as emotional a religion as being anti co2. The lead police congregate at the EPA
OSHA is not sufficiently radical and pure of heart
To me it sounds like the company failed to take proper safeguards against lead exposure.....
I worked in the automation industry supervising installations. If lead was found in existing paint, we had to call in the guys in the spacesuits, very expensive..
if 20 plus employees had elevated levels of lead in their blood, then the company is, in my mind, criminally neglegent and completely responsible for both the health damage and all medical expenses.
the officers of this company should be in prison
“When are people going to start shooting back at these goons?”
In the long run we have to clean out the universities which are the breeding ground for this Marxist bullsh*t. It’s where their policy makers go to hide when they’re out of power and need to make some easy money.
Tyranny is already quite protected by Fed State and Local gov'ts.
We need a Liberty and Constitution Protection Agency.
Why are automotive batteries not yet banned?
The question is how much?
I'm an ancient "survivor" of leaded gasoline and doing just fine thanks.
USA Brass will simply load their brass and jobs onto a mostly empty return boat and reopen as China Brass.
Also, I believe that both workers in the work place and the environment need to be legislatively protected. But until the Constitution is appropriately amended, such protection must come from the states and not from the federal government.
As a consequence the parents of the owners of USA Brass not making sure that their children were taught about the federal government's constitutionally limited powers, the owners of USA Brass were evidently not able to argue the following concerning the EPA raid. (Note that this same argument also applies to OSHA where intrastate private property is concerned.)
With the exception of the federal entities indicated in the Constitution's Clauses 16 & 17 of Section 8 of Article I as examples, entities under the exclusive legislative control of Congress, the States have never amended the Constitution to grant Congress the specific powers to legislatively protect either the environment or workers in the workplace where intrastate property is concerned.
In fact, the Founding States had made the 10th Amendment to clarify that the Constitution's silence about such issues means that they are automatically and uniquely state power issues.
Again, the only reason, imo, that owners of USA Brass have reluctantly replied "How high?" when the constitutionally undefined EPA shouted "JUMP!" is because the owners are evidently clueless about the federal government's constitutionally limited powers.
Also, as I've mentioned in related threads, even if the states had delegated to Congress, via the Constitution, the specific powers to regulate workplace conditions and the environment, the Founding States had made the first numbered clauses in the Constitution, Sections 1-3 of Article I, evidently a good place to hide them from citizens, to clarify that all federal legislative powers are vested in the elected members of Congress. So Congress has a constitutional monopoly on federal legislative powers whether it wants it or not.
So by unconstitutionally delegating legislative powers to the non-elected bureaucrats running the EPA and OSHA, powers in this case that the States have never constitutionally delegated to Congress, Congress is wrongly protecting nonexistent federal legislative powers from the wrath of the voters in blatant defiance of the Sections 1-3 indicated above.
Finally, remember that your constitutionally powerful state lawmakers aren't lifting a finger to protect citizens from a corrupt federal government that likes to ignore its constitutionally limited powers because your state lawmakers are undoubtedly as constitutionally clueless as the voters who elected them are.
Are we having fun yet? =^O
Finally, with all due respect to the family and friends of the late President Nixon, he was constitutionally negligent, imo, to sign the bill which established the EPA, and also the bill which established OSHA.
What a mess! :^(
i am probably older than you...
there is a difference between nominal contact and repeated high level of exposure...
hell, i have made sinkers out of lead....
i do not have elevated levels of lead in my body...
failure to take proper safeguards for your employees is criminal, and these guys put cash in their pockets at the expense of their employees very right to live..
they belong in prison, or they should be forced to perform the work the way they had their employees perform the work for a period of 5 years...
take away from them what they took away from those that worked for them...
(Most Freepers seem to be Seasoned Citizenz....)