INDEX, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is cleaning up soil contaminated by lead at a former shooting range in Washington.
The Daily Herald reports that the clean-up is focused on 2 acres of the 7-acre Index Sportsman Club shooting range in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Shotgun pellets from trap shooting contaminated the soil in those 2 acres. Other areas of the range were not contaminated.
Project coordinator Joseph Gibbens says the cleanup crew will simply dig up the contaminated soil up and haul it to a disposal area in Seattle or Wenatchee. He says engineers estimate the project will cost $780,000.
The clean-up could start as soon as this fall and is expected to take less than a month.