Sacramento assemblyman wants state watchdog to inquire into toxic gun range

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 3:04 AM

McCarty, D-Sacramento, who sits on the Assembly’s Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, said he's also exploring whether the state can force the city to spotless the facility below the Hazardous Waste Control Act.

Sacramento assemblyman wants state watchdog to inquire into toxic gun range

Sacramento Assemblyman Kevin McCarty called Tuesday for the state’s toxic waste watchdog to inquire into conditions at a city-owned gun range in S Sacramento that was closed in two thousand-fourteenth after tests found high levels of lead dust were leaking outdoors.

McCarty, D-Sacramento, who sits on the Assembly’s Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, said he's also exploring whether the state can force the city to spotless the facility below the Hazardous Waste Control Act. In the meantime, he said he wants the former range cleaned.

“I think it ought to be cleaned up for users of the park and adjacent property owners,” he said. The range stands in Mangan Park close a picnic area, archery range, swimming pool and playground. Dozens of homes are nearby.

The state Dept of Toxic Substances Control said Monday it'd referred the James G. Mangan Rifle and Pistol Range case to Sacramento County’s Environmental Management Department. DTSC spokesman Sandy Nax said a citizen complaint was filed with his dept about the range and the state agency sent the complaint to the county because “They've the regulatory oversight and we don’t permit these types of facilities. They have the local authority to respond.”

Brenda Bongiorno, a spokeswoman for the Environmental Management Division, said Tuesday her dept is still reviewing lead tests taken at the Mangan gun range to define whether to get action. She said the dept has the authority “to oversee clean-up of the facility.”

Sacramento City Manager John Shirey ordered the Mangan gun range closed on Dec. twenty-four, two thousand fourteen, after tests showed high levels of lead contamination interior the building and on its roof. TRS Range Services, hired by the city, said in a two thousand twelve report that the ventilation system appeared to be sending unfiltered air from interior the building to the outdoors. Tests later showed lead dust on the roof in concentrations over the state Dept of Public Health hazard threshold.

Mangan Park residents and park users weren't notified of the lead contamination when the facility was closed. City executive ordered tests of the soil in the area immediately surrounding the range on April one, after The Sacramento Bee raised questions about the contamination. The results of those tests are expected this week.

On Monday, Councilman Jay Schenirer, whose district covers Mangan Park, asked Shirey to order tests of the soil on a broader scale, both in the park and residential yards close the range. Schenirer said he'd wait for the city’s test results before deciding whether to call for the range to be cleaned.

“I wish to obtain as much information as I can,” he said.

At first, city parks executive cited the project’s cost when they decided not to spotless the gun range, according to emails obtained by The Bee. In March, parks director Christopher Conlin said in an interview his dept will seek $50.000 from the City Council to expand a “master plan” for Mangan Park that may comprise the rehabilitation and reuse of the gun range.

Two days before Shirey ordered the range closed in two thousand-fourteenth, the city received a quote from Parc Specialty Contractors to spotless the range, including the “roof area around the vents in all discolored areas.” The quote for that work was $67.274, according to a detailed tender of the work obtained through the Public Records Act.

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