BRM produces over 230,000 tonnes of refined primary lead and in excess of 450 tonnes of silver per annum. It also produces 36,000 tonnes of secondary lead from the recycling of lead acid batteries.
The toxic nature of this heavy metal dictates that the quantity of lead entering the environment from the refining process should be minimised and kept below the tight statutory consent limits imposed by the Environment Agency.
BRM therefore monitors a series of environmental parameters including the lead content of stack emissions, boundary lead-in-air levels and discharges to water. Its self-imposed limits are well below statutory levels.
As well as handling monitored data from effluent to sewer and controlled waters, MonitorPro is now regularly used to monitor stack emissions (lead particulates), the lead content of air at the site’s boundary as well as surface water discharges. The new software has also dramatically reduced preparation times.