Lead recovery program protects waterways, provides revenue stream for firing ranges
MT2, a firing range maintenance and lead reclamation company, has developed and implemented a patented approach to recovering the maximum amount of lead used on firing ranges from local waterbodies while protecting wetlands and active waterways.
ARVADA, CO, June 30, 2015 -- MT2, a firing range maintenance and lead reclamation company, has developed and implemented a patented approach to recovering the maximum amount of lead used on firing ranges from local waterbodies while protecting the sensitive natural environment of wetlands and active waterways.
There is potential for lead proximity contamination from lead dust in the air and soil migrating offsite and in waterways. When a firing range makes a proactive effort to remove the lead from their range, they see very powerful additional benefits. With their focus on water quality and environmental stewardship, they are also protecting the law enforcement officers who use their range.
MT2 utilizes their proprietary lead treatment technology called ECOBOND® to protect the sensitive natural environment, while at the same time protecting all active waterways. The EPA and various state regulators have approved the technology on over 1,300 projects. The treatment process provides for the chemical conversion of lead to a more eco-friendly mineral form that is non-hazardous and easily disposed of.
Here are a few examples of how MT2's treatment process has benefitted other regions across the nation:
- On a firing range project in Maryland, MT2 was contracted to clean and recover PAH and lead contamination from years of trap and skeet use that caused the accumulation of lead pellets downrange of the club. The environmental impact of lead contamination was of particular concern because the site is located in a floodplain within a state park. The project focused on the environmentally sensitive Chesapeake Bay watershed with headwater and drainage basins.
- On a project in Broward County Florida, 40,000 cubic yards of lead impacted soil and sediment were successfully processed from an 8-acre pond and swamp bordering the Everglades using a new cutting-edge lead separation method. The result produced over 1,000,000 pounds of lead shot ready to be converted into revenue.
- Most recently, a project was successfully completed with EPA consent-order oversight including 8- and 15-acre ponds with up to 3 feet of lead impacted sediment. Over 100,000 cubic yards were handled including dredging at an astounding rate of 1,000 cubic yards per day. The success of this project required special handling and drying technologies. The key was to treat the lead contamination via in-situ methods.