The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has been increasingly concerned with the environmental impacts associated with outdoor shooting ranges. In 2003, the USEPA-Region 2 published a guidance document entitled “Best Management Practices for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges.” More recently, the Agency has been involved in promoting the use of Best Management Practices at ranges throughout the northeastern U.S. and has used various enforcement tools such as issuing heavy fines to achieve compliance at poorly maintained ranges. While shooting ranges are often thought to fall into a regulatory “gray area,” they are clearly subject to environmental regulation.
Shooting ranges have been found in violation of a number of state and federal environmental regulations when not properly managed, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or “Superfund”. Therefore, it is imperative that range operators maintain their ranges in accordance with the USEPA document.
Experience & Partnering
Through our experience with the investigation, environmental management and remediation of several large outdoor ranges in recent years, D&B has become an industry leader in the environmental management of such facilities. In addition, we have successfully collaborated with Metals Treatment Technologies, LLC (MT2) to provide turnkey service, from initial investigation through full range remediation and maintenance. D&B has the environmental engineering experience in New York State while MT2 has the industry leading range remediation experience throughout the nation. This collaboration has resulted in successful outcomes at a number of outdoor shooting range projects in New York State including the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Range located in the Bronx.
Rodman’s Neck Range
D&B and MT2 have collaborated on the Rodman’s Neck NYPD Outdoor Shooting Range since 2002 where over 40,000 officers and recruits train annually. Working as a Team, we have assisted the NYPD with the management of their environmental risks for over 10 years including the remediation/stabilization of over 30,000 tons of soil and the reclamation of approximately 500,000 pounds of lead for recycling. The program also includes the routine monitoring of on-site soil and groundwater, and air monitoring during the periodic remediation/maintenance activities undertaken by the D&B/MT2 Team.
D&B’s Firing Range-related services include:
- Drafting of NYSDEC-approved Work Plans
- Environmental Permitting
- Environmental Site Characterization of Soil, Groundwater and Wetlands
- Storm Water Management
- Environmental and OSHA Compliance Auditing
- Noise Studies and Abatement
- Air Testing and Health Risk Assessments
- Range Maintenance and Improvements
- Lead Reclamation and Recycling
- Range Construction/Reconstruction
- Range Evaluation and Consultation
- Environmental Stewardship Plans
- Range Closure
- Indoor Range Services
- Unexploded Ordinance (UXO) Support Services