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The Nation’s Largest Firing Range Contractor, MT2, Announces New Proprietary Range Filter Technology to Properly Dispose of Lead Contaminated Hazardous Range Waste

Firing Range Lead Reclamation

In a February 13, 2017 news report, former employees of an indoor gun range in PA detailed that they were exposed to high levels of lead while working, at 4 times the acceptable OSHA limit.

James M. Barthel, President of Metals Treatment Technologies (MT2), responded by stating, “We are disappointed when news like this comes out because improper regulatory compliance at firing ranges jeopardizes the personal safety and well-being of employees, shooters and possibly neighbors. Hearing the employee in the video state that they would throw buckets full of spent shells out back in a bin on the property is unimaginable.”

Barthel warns that improperly managed range solid waste like filters, debris, soil or other backstop material like rubber, along with incorrectly collected, containerized and stored lead bullets or shot can trigger RCRA hazardous waste requirements and obligations for a range. Comprehensive written work and health and safety plans specific to the range and a detailed waste-management plan describing actual activities to occur must be completed as well as providing written certification for all transport and disposal of range waste.

It is for this reason that MT2 has launched a brand-new service based on their patent-pending technology that is proven to properly treat and dispose of lead contaminated hazardous range waste as well as improve the range’s hazardous generator status and streamline their paperwork requirements.

Barthel continued, “Over the past decade, we have recycled over 12 MILLION pounds of lead, returning over $4,000,000 dollars to ranges owners in lead credits. Based on our commitment, proven track record and adherence to compliance, we are excited to announce our new “Filter Defender” technology where we are able to save a firing range an average of $10,000 or more in management and disposal of their lead contaminated hazardous waste.”

Range owners or managers interested in the “10K Filter Defender” Report can get more information at:  http://www.mt2.com

About MT2:
MT2 is the #1 and Largest Nationwide Professional Firing Range Lead Reclamation and Maintenance Contractor for both indoor & outdoor ranges; having provided professional, high-integrity solutions to over 1,000 public and private indoor and outdoor firing ranges for military, law enforcement and municipalities nationwide in all 50 States since 2000.  MT2’s proven record of services includes: complete firing range maintenance & improvements, lead remediation services, lead reclamation, OSHA & environmental consulting, operational maintenance and range closure.

MT2’s zero-tolerance for regulatory violations gives range owners the peace of mind that their project will be successfully completed on a guaranteed schedule. No one can complete an Environmental or firing range lead reclamation project quicker and safer than MT2.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 19:36

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MT2 Crews restoring a gun range in Wisconsin after bullet lead reclamation

This is a short video of MT2 Crews restoring a gun range in Wisconsin after bullet lead reclamation 

MT2 is the #1 and Largest Nationwide Professional Environmental Soil Remediation & Firing Range Lead Reclamation Maintenance Contractor for both indoor & outdoor ranges

 

 

 

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Lead loaded into drum after being processed by our proprietary firing range lead reclamation system

 

This is a short video from a recent project we completed at a gun range in Florida. Lead being loaded into drums after being processed by our proprietary lead reclamation systems.

MT2 is the #1 and Largest Nationwide Professional Environmental Soil Remediation & Firing Range Lead Reclamation Maintenance Contractor for both indoor & outdoor ranges 

 

 

 

MT2’s zero-tolerance for regulatory violations gives range owners the peace of mind that their project will be successfully completed on a guaranteed schedule. No one can complete an Environmental or firing range lead reclamation project quicker and safer than MT2. Contact us today for a free firing range analysis, complete our online range questionnaire.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 May 2017 18:37

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MT2, the Largest Nationwide Firing Range Lead Reclamation Contractor, Actively Supporting Mandate to Decontaminate Lead-Tainted National Guard Armories

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In a story out of Washington, DC on April 12, 2017 Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden led a group of ten Senators calling on Senate Appropriations Committee leaders to dedicate adequate funding to cleaning up National Guard sites across the U.S. that have been contaminated by dangerous amounts of lead dust.

The Oregonian on December 13, 2016,  reported that the National Guard is halting all community events in armories across the country to address severe lead issues. Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, Director of the Army National Guard, wrote in his Dec. 6 order that the Guard issued a mandate setting imminent deadlines. Earlier cleanup efforts were sidetracked partly because the Guard required states to bear most of the cost, but now the December 6th mandate pledges Federal money for cleanups and that "the cost of clean-up is considered to be 100 percent Federal share."

MT2 reached out to armories across the country to offer assistance and is now in talks with several of them, with 3 projects under contract and mobilization plans established in North Dakota and Oregon.

Range Engineers at MT2 are available to answer questions and schedule armory facilities for a lead decontamination package to comply with this order. This package includes a lead assessment with a comprehensive site-specific service audit with a work-plan for complete lead reclamation and recycling as well as a timeline for ongoing monitoring to comply with the order.

James M. Barthel, President of Metals Treatment Technologies (MT2) responded to the recent news stories by stating, “We are passionate about Gun Range lead cleanup, restoring our environment and protecting people from the hazards of lead. We are strategically positioned to assist with this initiative because we have decades of lead treatment success with over 1,000 public and private indoor and outdoor firing ranges for military, law enforcement and municipalities nationwide in all 50 States. We have recently launched a brand-new service based on our patent-pending technology that is proven to properly treat and dispose of lead contaminated hazardous range waste & filters; as well as improve the range’s hazardous generator status and streamline their paperwork requirements,” stated Barthel.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:06

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Protecting Police Officers from the Hazards of Lead at Firing Ranges

 

MT2 Protects Police Officers from the dangers of leadPolice officers put themselves in harm's way every day to protect us. They are the number one public servants and the least we can do is keep them safe when the need arises. Doing the job of a police officer requires training with firearms, they must spend a lot of time practicing at gun ranges.

More than one million law enforcement officers train at indoor gun ranges every year. Every time these officers fire shots at gun ranges, they are potentially exposed to lead poisoning. When a gun is fired, the vaporized lead can be inhaled and some settle on the police officers and other employees of the gun range. These particles can also settle on the surfaces, floor, clothing and bare skin of everyone present; potentially exposing them to lead poisoning. Protection requires a well-designed and maintained range with a proper ventilation system.

Why use gun ranges as a case study

A Seattle Times investigation revealed that shooting ranges are possible places to get lead poisoning because of the requirements officers must stay certified and to just keep their skills sharp so that they can serve and protect their community. There are always going to be examples of firing ranges that are not cleaned and ventilated properly which exponentially increases the risk of lead poisoning, but we at MT2 absolutely love working with the ranges that take a proactive stance to protect those that serve and protect us! We have special packages where we provide scheduled lead removal, decontamination and maintenance services for both indoor and outdoor firing ranges and this provides the peace of mind that the range and its shooters need to know they are doing all they can to maintain a clean facility.

Lead Exposure Risks for Range Employees and Families

Lead exposure in an indoor range can derive from a variety of sources, including volatilized gases and fragment dust. Lead dust in the air can attach to the clothing, and wiping a sleeve across the mouth or nose gives the lead easy access to the bloodstream. Even with handwashing, touching clothing and then smoking or eating or touching the face or mouth transfers lead. Lead dust may cling to the beard and hair. Lead on clothing worn at a firing range can be transferred to family through contact with the car seats, through a hug, through doing laundry.

Steps that can reduce lead poisoning

Below are some steps that can be taken to manage this exposure and protect officers, workers, and the local community from lead poisoning.

  • Ventilation

This is the number one action that can reduce inhalation of lead particles. Outdoor ranges are usually more preferred, but if this option isn't available, then ensure that the gun range is well ventilated to reduce lead particles. Installing a ventilation system may be pricey, however, the expense is worth it. One option for a ventilation air filter system on the market today is the Camfil SafeRange™ Series. Camfil's SafeRange™ is specifically designed to handle the strain of filtering an indoor gun range. If you would like to compare prices and ventilation systems with other top-tier ventilation companies, review Carey’s Small Arms Range Ventilation or Action Target.

  • Maintenance and cleaning

It is important that the range is clean. Daily cleaning and maintenance of all surfaces, equipment, and fabric can reduce exposure. It's not just the job of the gun range owner; all employees and police officers need training on personal cleanup, handwashing and processes after using the gun range.

MT2 is the #1 and Largest Nationwide Professional Firing Range Lead Reclamation and Maintenance Contractor for both indoor & outdoor ranges. MT2’s proven record of services includes: complete firing range maintenance & improvements, lead remediation services, lead reclamation, OSHA & environmental consulting, operational maintenance and range closure.

Here are some practical tips to keep in mind:

  • Don't drink or eat inside the range. Remember, lead particles are airborne and they can land on your food.
  • Never smoke inside a shooting range because this is similar to what happens when you eat. However, if there is lead dust in the air, with cigarettes you're actually inhaling the lead into your lungs.
  • Change your clothes and shoes as soon as possible so you don't pass the lead particles on to other people or your pets.

There are rules and regulations that guide indoor gun ranges. The owners of these facilities are responsible for protecting their employees and walk in clients from lead exposure. All they have to do is follow the rules and regulations on surface contamination, safety gear, air quality and all other standards. They can also high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuuming systems and other remedies. These remedies might cost extra, but aren't our law enforcement officers worth more?

MT2’s zero-tolerance for regulatory violations gives range owners the peace of mind that their project will be successfully completed on a guaranteed schedule. No one can complete an Environmental or firing range lead reclamation project quicker and safer than MT2. Contact us today for a free firing range analysis, complete our online range questionnaire

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:14

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$10K Filter Defender Report

MT2 is able to save a firing range an average of $10,000 or more in management and disposal of their lead contaminated hazardous waste because of our NEW patent-pending technology. Click here to Download


12 Million Tons of Lead Recycled Since 2000

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$10K Filter Defender Report

MT2 is able to save a firing range an average of $10,000 or more in management and disposal of their lead contaminated hazardous waste because of our NEW patent-pending technology. Click here to Download


12 Million Tons of Lead Recycled Since 2000

Lead Proceeds Thermometer

 

 

MT2 BBB Business Review

 

 

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