Lead remediation starting

Lead Abatement Begins April 19

Expect rolling range closures for two weeks

For several months I have been informing the membership about the environmental studies the club has undertaken. In 2017, the board of directors commissioned a firm to create an environmental best practices manual for the club.  It is a detailed document indicating how the club should manage its environmental risks.

Last summer the club hired an environmental consultant to review the best practices manual and help guide the club in complying with its recommendations.

During this process the club had its soil and groundwater tested for contaminants.  The good news is that our groundwater tested safe, and most lead was at a depth of 4 feet or less in the soil.

Both the best practices firm and our consultant recommends the club remove the lead from the berms. 

The board approved hiring a lead remediation contractor to excavate the lead and properly and legally dispose of the lead.  Generally, this means shipping it to a smelter.

The work on our berms will begin at 7 a.m. April 19.  The contractor indicates it can remove the lead and rebuild the berms in individual ranges in about a day per range.  In some cases, the contractor may be able to complete two ranges a day.  The entire project for all the ranges may take two to three weeks, depending on weather.

This schedule means one or two ranges will be closed at a one time. However, it is hard to predict when we will close a particular range, so I am asking for your patience and flexibility so the contractor can complete its work as quickly as possible.

I am predicting they will start on the 10 yard range then go to the 25 meter range and so on.  Shooting can continue on ranges not being worked on.  However, if you are shooting on a range and the contractor is ready for that range, we will ask you to relocate to another range.

I know this may create some inconvenience.  Please help us in getting this important work completed as soon as possible.

Do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Dick Cooper, Mill Creek Rifle Club President

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