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Comments due soon on plan to clean up former shooting range

Forest Service and National Rifle Association officials walk the Prescott Sportmen’s Club Shooting Range in December 2001.
Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Forest Service and National Rifle Association officials walk the Prescott Sportmen’s Club Shooting Range in December 2001.

PRESCOTT - Plans to clean up the former Prescott Sportsmen’s Club Shooting Range site are open for public comment through Thursday, Aug. 25.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, has prepared an Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis to identify and evaluate cleanup plans on the four-acre site that contains about 2,900 yards of soil and sediment with elevated concentrations of lead created from past shooting range operations, according to a news release.

The site is located in the Prescott National Forest (PNF) about one-third mile northeast of Iron Springs and North Granite Basin roads. The shooting range operated between 1957 and 2014 under a special use permit.

Prescott National Forest officials previously identified lead in soil at three berms and backstops; the state of Arizona identified lead in stormwater downstream of the range. Collection basins were constructed in 2010, which stopped lead migrating in stormwater.

Field results identified the risk to public health as moderate; risk to birds and small burrowing animals is high. The recommended plan is soil and sediment excavation, on-site treatment, and off-site transport and disposal.

To review the EE/CA, visit PNF’s webpage at www.fs.usda.gov/prescott, and look under Quick Links to the right. The report also can be reviewed at the PNF Prescott office, 344 S. Cortez St., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Written comments must be postmarked by Aug. 25, and mailed to Anne Fischer, 2324 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006 or sent by email to: afischer@fs.fed.us (reference “Former Prescott Sportsmen’s Club Shooting Range EE/CA” in the subject line).

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