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Remedial Applications: Shooting Ranges

Overview

The main concern with lead contamination in the soil is the destination and transport of heavy metals of bullets and bullet fragments. Lead is also considered the top environmental threat to children’s health.

Outdoor firing ranges are often contaminated with lead. When lead bullets and fragments from using a firearm settle on the soil, there are a number of elements that will determine the extent of the actual danger that it will have. The quicker the metal moves through the soil, the more risk it poses to the environment. There are a number of factors that solubilization, or the process whereby the lead becomes soluble or more soluble, depends on…
  • Metal speciation
  • Soil chemistry
  • Water chemistry
  • Bullet composition and condition
With the exception of metals mining and manufacturing, outdoor firing ranges put more lead into the environment than any other industry! The U.S. Military alone has cleaned up more than 700 shooting ranges across the country since 2005, when the EPA established best practices for remediation of these sites, and there currently over 1,800 commercial firing ranges registered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation.


Shooting Range Remediation Process

In 2005, the EPA developed and outlined best practices for lead and outdoor shooting range remediation.
  • Sift firearm fragments from the soil
  • Sample and analyze the remaining soil to determine if the leachable level
  • Analyze the soil in layers to determine the extent of the contamination
  • Remediate the soil
  • Option A: Placement in a hazardous waste landfillo
  • Option B: Onsite stabilization, solidification, and soil washing




To learn more about the this process, defined by the EPA - Click Here

To get information on how EnviroBlend can help in the remediation of Brownfields - Click Here
 
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