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Navy OKs environmental cleanup plan at former Carr Point shooting range in RI

Navy OKs environmental cleanup plan at former Carr Point shooting range in RI
Military personnel used small arms like shotguns to fire at moving targets like clay pigeons over Narragansett Bay. Lead pellet counts offshore ranged up to 14,100 pellets per cubic foot, according to a Navy report

Target fragments and lead pellets are found in the water mainly about 300 feet from the shooting area, but “lead pellet accumulation extends another 600 feet beyond the target area,” says the report.“Pellets were not found in abundance at locations closest to the shoreline, and none were counted beyond 600 feet from shore,” the report says.“PCBs present in the soil … are likely from the use, maintenance, and storage of transformers and their waste oils on the site several decades ago,” the report says.“The most elevated concentrations of PAHs are present in soil within the firing arcs, likely due to the dispersion of clay pigeons,” the report says.

“Following excavation, the slope along the shoreline will be covered with a geo-textile membrane, soil, and rip rap for stability,” the report says.“Materials for the cover system will be determined during the remedial design and will consist of materials that will allow site reuse similar to existing conditions,” the report says.

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