Hazardous lead levels found in Mangan Park exterior shuttered gun range

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 3:28 AM

Lead levels over state environmental or health standards were discovered on a walkway leading into the range, on the range roof, in the soil five feet from an exterior wall and in other soil locations immediately surrounding the building.

Hazardous lead levels found in Mangan Park exterior shuttered gun range

Hazardous levels of lead were found in eleventh soil and surface tests in S Sacramento’s Mangan Park exterior a shuttered city-owned gun range, Sacramento executive said Friday.

Lead levels over state environmental or health standards were discovered on a walkway leading into the range, on the range roof, in the soil five feet from an exterior wall and in other soil locations immediately surrounding the building. One test two feet from the range close a “bullet trap access hatch” discovered lead at a concentration that's 762.5 times the state Dept of Toxic Substances Control screening level.

Multiple tests were also conducted in a nearby playground, picnic area, archery range and on the deck of a public pool. Lead was either not found in those samplings or discovered at levels well below hazard levels.

The city has scheduled a community meeting Wednesday at 5:30 p. m. at the Centennial Church on Freeport Blvd to discuss the findings. Residents of the Mangan Park neighborhood will be notified of the findings in letters that are expected to come at homes on Monday.

Councilman Jay Schenirer, whose district represents Mangan Park, said at a City Corridor press conference that the range “should be cleaned as quickly as possible.”

“We’re doing everything possible to ensure the safety of the people in the community,” he said.

The city ordered the tests following a that found city records of more than twenty tests between two thousand six and two thousand fourteen that showed lead dust interior the range at concentrations exceeding the state’s Dept of Public Health hazard threshold.

A gun range consultant hired by the city wrote in a March two thousand twelve report that the range’s ventilation system appeared to be sending unfiltered air exterior from the contaminated indoor range. However, it wasn’t until July two thousand fourteen that the city certified the exterior of the range, according to records obtained by The Bee through the Public Records Act.

Those samples found lead dust on two roof vents at levels distant over the state hazard threshold. Entek Consulting Group, an environmental hygiene firm hired by the city, conducted more tests in November two thousand fourteen that discovered high levels of lead dust throughout the interior of the range and in three different locations on the roof, a report by the firm showed.

Lead contamination is a common risk in indoor firing ranges, a byproduct of the toxic vapor and dust generated by the firing of ammunition.

The gun range was ordered closed by City Manager John Shirey on Dec. twenty-four, two thousand fourteen. The city didn't tell park users or nearby residents about the contamination and didn't order tests of the soil close the range until April one, after The Bee questioned parks officials. The range remained untouched until Friday, when two workers installed a chain-link fence around the facility, nearly four hundred eighty days after it was closed.

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