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Proposed copper smelting plant for south Richmond County meets resistance



A clash between business proponents and environmental advocates is underway about a proposed copper smelting plant in south Augusta.

In November 2021, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced that Aurubis, the German-based one of the leading recyclers of copper, precious metals and non-ferrous material...

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  1. There seems to be a lot of KEY INFORMATION left out of this article. Is this plant going to be actually smelting copper ore? I can’t imagine that is true as the source of copper ore in the US is all in the Western states. It sounds more like a copper recycling plant. BIG DIFFERENCE.

  2. It seems these Environmental Wacko’s want to stop anything that leads to future development. They along with the rest of the Democrats are responsible for the extremely high fuel prices we have now and it’s still rising.

  3. Wow, I didn’t know Ms. Bonitatibus was also an expert in metal recycling technology. Applying her logic to PAST facilities and processes that contaminated the environment, all MODERN vehicles powered by internal combustion engines, fossil fueled power stations, coal mines, paper mills, steel mills, refineries, chemical plants, farms, feed lots, railroads, pharmacological plants, and nuclear power plants should be immediately and permanently shut down.

    Good point about smelting copper ore versus cleaning, melting, and reshaping scrap copper metal. The article’s discussion of primary copper smelting is irrelevant and promotes bias toward Ms. Bonitatibus’ agenda. Governor Kemp’s announcement of this new plant call it secondary copper smelting, the process of recycling copper scrap into copper that can be used and recycled over and over again in a true closed loop process. The environmental consequences of secondary smelting are orders of magnitude less than mining, processing, and smelting raw copper ore. I guess the only option is no more copper for anyone.

  4. Why do you keep going to the riverKaren for an opinion..she is not a biologist, environmentalist nor is she skilled in metallurgy..she is very adept at getting her name in the press and garnering sweet real estate deals while she tries to dictate her lopsided opinion on everything around Augusta..how’s that water park/rock weir thing going?

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