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
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:
“…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.
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.