Report of the Trap and Skeet Oversight Committee – prepared for Peter A. Scully, Commissioner of Suffolk County Parks, Recreation and Conservation March 2002:

Page 10  “Laboratory analysis revealed excessive lead levels is surface samples, collected 0” – 2” below the grade, throughout the investigated area.  The sampling also indicated most lead levels would be acceptable for passive parkland use after the removal of the top four to six inches.”

Page 16 Soil Contamination   “Lead contaminated soil exists throughout a major portion of the range.  Lead levels well above those acceptable for parkland use were encountered to a depth of at least 6” below grade."

Page 20 Groundwater Samples 

Monitoring well #1 12/24/01           *20ppb

Monitoring well #2 12/24/01           *20ppb 

*New York State standard for drinking water is 15 ppb.


Initial Environmental Evaluation Southaven County Park Trap & Skeet Range prepared by Dick Peddicord & Company, Inc.  for Suffolk County Department of Parks, August 2002:

Page 5   “If the surfical soil from the field that contains shot were managed as a waste under RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act), it would be classifiable as a ‘hazardous waste’ with all the handling and disposal requirements associated with that classification.”

Page 10   “it is the consistent policy of the U.S. EPA that when a range is closed un-reclaimed shot on the site is abandoned and becomes a ‘waste’ under RCRA."

Page 11   “The surface six inches in the central part of the shotfall zone would exceed the TCLP (Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure) limit for lead and be classifiable as ‘hazardous’ under RCRA. 

It would not be unreasonable to expect the residual soil from lead recovery at the site to exceed the TCLP limit for lead and have to be managed as hazardous waste.  While there are no data to address this issue, the total lead data in Table 1 and experience from other ranges indicate that much of the soil outside the area of highest shot accumulation would likely exceed TCLP and have to be managed as ‘hazardous waste’."

Analysis of Noise and Lead Mitigation at Suffolk County Trap & Skeet Range, prepared by L.K. McLean Associates, P.C. for the Suffolk County Department of Public Works, August 2004:

Page 14:   “Employing the conservative assumption that only 1 oz. shells were used for all shooting, then the average lead loading at the site would have been approximately 31.25 tons per year.  Over the past 6 to 8 years of operation this would equate to approximately 188 to 250 tons of lead being deposited on the range.” 

Lead can be introduced into the environment at shooting ranges in one or more of the following ways;

a) Lead oxidizes when exposed to air and dissolves when exposed to acidic water or soil;
b) Lead shot, lead particles or dissolved lead can be moved by storm water runoff;
c) Dissolved lead can migrate through soils to groundwater.   

(EPA Best Management Practices for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges Manual)

Editor's Note: Since the range’s reopening, and using the figure of annual deposits of lead on the property at 31.25 tons. 
This would equal an additional 187.5 tons of lead added to the site since its reopening to the present, bringing the estimated totals to 375 to 437.5 tons.

Review of the 2005-2007 Proposed Capital Program 2005 Capital Budget,
May 2004 Page 395:

 “The (Parks) Department requested an additional $900,000 over the 2005-2007 timeframe of the capital program to allow for the cleanup of the lead and other contaminants at the site.  According to the department, additional studies done at the site indicated that theses contaminants may be harmful to ground water.”              

L. K. McLean Associates, August 2004, SCDPW report:

 "The Suffolk County Trap & Skeet Range does not conform to the EPA Best Management Practices for lead removal, allowing discharge lead shot to accumulate." 

Cashin Associate Report, March 2002 for SCHD:

The Suffolk County Trap & Skeet Range is located in Southaven County Park in the Core Preservation Area of the Pine Barrens.  The range sits directly atop a sole source aquifer from which Long Islanders draw their drinking water and is part of the Carmans River Watershed and Drainage Basin. The Carmans River is a New York State designated Wild, Scenic, and Recreational River.  Both the Town of Brookhaven and Suffolk County have identified the Carmans River watershed as a ‘critical environmental area’ and as such, should be offered greater protection from potential significant adverse environmental impacts. 

CENTRAL PINE BARRENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE Meeting of Thursday, March 9th, 2006.  (FINAL Advisory Committee Minutes for 3/9/06 (Approved 5/9/06) - Page 6):

Southaven County Park Trap and Skeet Range / Yaphank (Brookhaven A motion was made by Robert Wieboldt to advise the Pine Barrens Commission to oppose the reopening of the facility. This motion was seconded by Marilyn England.

Robert Herrick, Long Island Board of Realtors said it has always been used as a park and that this use predates the current issue. Robert Herrick is opposed to the motion made by Robert Wieboldt.  Richard Amper said the Advisory Committee should know that the Commission has requested information from the County. He stated that one of the definitions of development is the resumption of any activity discontinued for more than one year. The Commission must consider this as development and it must assert jurisdiction as the lead agency

A vote was taken. 5 Ayes and 2 Nays. Two abstentions Richard Amper, LIPBS and Tim Green from BNL

Commission Meeting Summary (FINAL) for Wednesday, December 15, 2004 (Approved 1/19/05) at the Suffolk County Park Police and Pine Barrens Center at Southaven County Park, Yaphank, 2:00 pm:

Summary: Ms. Jakobsen explained that the attached correspondence has been received from Suffolk County Parks regarding proposed improvements to the trap and skeet range on the west side of Southaven County Park, along the east side of Gerard Road. One of the several improvements is the construction of a noise barrier approximately 17 feet tall and 1,850 feet in length.

The letter notes that Suffolk County seeks to be the lead agency. Ms. Jakobsen noted that the Pine Barrens Plan requires the Commission to seek lead agency status for development within the Core area, if the Commission finds that this project constitutes “development” under the pine barrens act.

Present for today’s discussion was Mr. Nicholas Gibbons, an Environmental Analyst with the Parks Department, who distributed the attached aerial photos of the site and explained the purpose and details of the project. He also noted that the Suffolk County Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has asked him to coordinate the project review pursuant to SEQRA, and that the CEQ understands that the Commission must seek lead agency status for development projects in the Core area. Mr. Gibbons also noted that the original project has been slightly altered so that the wall will be constructed entirely within a previously cleared area, and no new vegetation removal would be required.

A motion was then made by Mr. Thompson and seconded by Mr. Turner (1) to find that the project does constitute “development” under the state Pine Barrens law, and (2) to deem the request to be a Core hardship application and to schedule a public hearing on it for 3:00 pm at the 01/19/05 Commission meeting. The motion was approved by a 4-0 vote.

Commission Meeting Summary (FINAL) for Wednesday, January 19, 2005 (Approved 2/16/05) at the Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, 2:00 pm Southaven County Park Trap and Skeet Range Improvements / Yaphank (200-745-1-1, etc.) / hardship (Withdrawal letter received; decision on application currently due 4/14/05:

Summary: A separate stenographic transcript exists for this item.

This application was withdrawn by the applicant.
In a letter sent to the Central Pine Barrens Commission from Nicholas Gibbons, Senior Environmental Analyst for SC parks, dated January 18, 2005 he wrote: "Suffolk County Parks requests that the hearings scheduled for the Tuesday, January 19, 2005, Pine Barrens Commission meeting be indefinitely postponed. Parks is withdrawing our application at this time while several outstanding issues are addressed. When our proposal is finally completed, we will return to the commission pursuant to state law."  







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