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Forest Service cleaning lead-contaminated soil at former shooting range

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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.