There are those who feel that the range’s current site cannot be used for anything other than a shooting range or that alternative uses for the land would be too costly.

This Is Simply Not True.

On the subject of cleanup at the range site, on April 23, 2012, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director, Peter A. Scully wrote in a letter to Legislator Kate Browning[1]

“…a final range clearance activity should be done to remove any munitions on or near the surface. If this is done initially by solely removing the lead shot and metal casings, these can be recycled under the hazardous scrap metal exemption to decrease costs. The separated metal would not be subject to storage and labeling requirements, nor is a hazardous waste manifest required, and the smelter or scrap metal dealer does not need a permit to accept the lead scrap, but notification to the Department is required.

There is no specified timeframe for the cleanup; however there should be no admittance to the property until the cleanup has been done. The level of cleanup is dependent in part on whether or not the groundwater has been impacted by the activity and what the future use of the site will be…”

Additionally, the licensee’s contract stipulates that it is his responsibility to conduct a general cleanup of the property every five years. 
But in the event his contract is terminated, if he still “owes” a cleanup, he can be made to conduct one even if he is no longer operating the range.  So, contrary to many of the wildly astronomical numbers that have been mentioned in regard to this issue, the bottom line is that if the County chose to close the range, they would be required to do little more than to "turn off the lights and lock the door" on their way out.

Mr. Scully's letter:





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