Mitigating the Environmental Effects of Firing Ranges Leads to Another Excellent Performance Rating for D&B

Posted on August 9, 2016

rodman3D&B and our partner Metals Treatment Technologies, LLC (MT2) recently received a performance rating of excellent from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) for our ongoing work at the New York Police Department (NYPD) Rodman’s Neck Outdoor Firing Range located in the Bronx. The performance evaluation covers the period from July 2015 through June of 2016. The D&B Team received an excellent rating in all rating criteria, including timelines of performance, fiscal administration and accountability, as well as performance and overall quality of service.  D&B and our partner MT2 have been working continuously on the Rodman’s Neck project since 2006. Given the unique nature of the work and our continued excellent and cost effective performance, NYCDEP has elected to continue our contract with the City since 2006.

The Rodman’s Neck Firing Range serves as the primary training and requalification shooting range for the NYPD. During normal range use, lead bullets are often fragmented and pulverized upon impact within the earthen backstops and berms of the numerous firing ranges at the NYPD facility producing soil containing high concentrations of lead fragments and spent bullets (slugs). When not properly managed, the presence of the lead in the soil could create a potential environmental concern, as well as an occupational health concern for personnel involved in the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the range. These potential environmental and occupational health concerns will remain unless an effective maintenance program is implemented.

Given these potential concerns, the NYCDEP retained the services of D&B to develop an O&M program in order to identify and define the activities necessary to maintain the quality of the soil and groundwater at the firing ranges and to manage lead contamination resulting from the ongoing use of the facility in a manner that minimizes the disruption to the daily operations of the firing range. A central component of the O&M program is the systematic removal of spent bullets from the range soil and chemical stabilization of any remaining residual lead which is performed by our partner, MT2. MT2 utilizes a treatment process known as ECOBOND®, which includes a broad portfolio of patented and proprietary metals treatment technologies that use chemical additives to permanently stabilize heavy metals. MT2’s processes are USEPA-approved, nonhazardous, chemical binders deployed through proprietary methods that treat heavy metals. The resulting treated materials contain extremely stable compounds that virtually eliminate the leaching of metals to the environment.  Additional elements of the O&M program performed by D&B include:

  • Installing and developing a comprehensive groundwater monitoring well network;
  • Biannual sampling and analysis of the groundwater under and surrounding the primary ranges;
  • Annual and biannual sampling of the range soil;
  • Conducting soil sampling and remediation of additional range areas, as necessary;
  • Developing conceptual Storm Water Management Plan; and
  • Developing Best Management Practices Plan.

Special recognition goes to Anthony Caniano, an Associate with the firm’s Division of Environmental Remediation, who has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the project since 2010. Anthony’s dedication, attention to detail, hard work and management skills are critical factors that have contributed to the long-term success of the project.

For more information on the project, please contact Thomas Fox, P.G., Vice President at
tfox@db-eng.com, or by phone at 516-364-9890, ext. 3068.