Firing ranges with wet lands and open water may be missing out on a huge lead reclamation revenue opportunity which will provide a win-win for the range and local community.
MT2 Press Release Arvada, Colorado – June 30, 2015
A typical firing range generates 25,000-500,000 pounds of lead which could be worth a substantial amount of money to the range, but many times the range assumes the lead in wet lands and open water areas would not be accessible. Fortunately MT2, the nation’s #1 firing range maintenance & lead reclamation company, has developed and implemented a patented approach to recovering the maximum amount of used lead while protecting the sensitive natural environment of wetlands, water bodies and active waterways.
On a firing range project in Maryland, MT2 was contracted to clean and recover PAH and lead contamination from years of trap and skeet use that caused the accumulation of lead pellets down- range of the club. The environmental impact of lead contamination was of particular concern because the site is located in a floodplain within a State Park. The project focused on the environmentally sensitive Chesapeake Bay watershed with headwater and drainage basins.
On a project in Broward County Florida, 40,000 cubic yards of lead impacted soil and sediment were successfully processed from an 8-acre pond and swamp bordering the Everglades using a new cutting edge lead separation method. The result produced over 1,000,000 pounds of lead shot ready to be converted into revenue.
Most recently, a project was successfully completed with US EPA consent-order oversight including 15 acre and 8 acre ponds with up to three feet of lead impacted sediment. Over 100,000 cubic yards were handled including dredging at an astounding rate of 1,000 cubic yards per day. The success of this project required special handling and drying technologies. The key was to treat the lead contamination via in-situ methods. This simply means that all of the treatment work was done on-site, which ensures that it is done thoroughly and with the highest level of treatment results.
MT2 utilizes their proprietary lead treatment technology called ECOBOND® to protect the sensitive natural environment, while at the same time protecting all active waterways. The EPA and various state regulators have approved the ECOBOND® technology on over 1,300 projects. The treatment process provides for the chemical conversion of lead to a more eco-friendly mineral form that is non-hazardous and easily disposed of.
When a firing range makes a proactive effort to remove the lead from their range, they see very powerful additional benefits. Their focus on Environmental Stewardship is recognized in protecting the law enforcement officers who use their range. These officers protect and serve their local community who also benefit from a clean firing range. There is potential for lead proximity contamination from lead dust in the air and soil migrating offsite and in waterways. Keeping gun ranges clean with the lowest levels of lead is top priority for MT2.
Over the past decade, MT2 has credited over $4,000,000.00 to range owners from lead recycling on their firing range, while working closely with them to implement EPA Best Management Practices (BMPs) to protect shooters and the environment. MT2’s extensive list of clients includes over 200 law enforcement agencies such as NYPD, State Departments of Corrections, and the US Military.