News story reported January 18, 2017
In a story from the Oregonian on December 13, 2016, it was 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. The order states that by Jan. 31, 2017, state Guard units must tell the National Guard's central office whether they have finished lead testing in all their armories with old firing ranges. They must also report what was found and whether lead was cleaned up. By Feb. 28, 2017, state Guard leaders must tell the National Guard whether they've closed all their indoor gun ranges and give a timeline for any remaining cleanings.
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."
James M. Barthel, President of Metals Treatment Technologies (MT2) responded to this announcement by stating, “Everyone knows that high velocity lead can be deadly, but the hidden danger of lead at firing ranges comes from the dust and fines generated by shooting activities. We are passionate about Gun Range lead cleanup, restoring our environment and protecting people from the hazards of lead. We are uniquely positioned to assist with this initiative because of our lead treatment technologies. Our lead separation technology provides a greater than 99% lead recovery and our patented ECOBOND™ lead treatment technology has been used on over 10 Million tons of waste. This provides a unique solution eliminating the need to generate hazardous waste, saving money and minimizing range owner liability”, stated Barthel.
MT2 has established a hotline to support the National Guard Armory lead hazard mandated deadline. Range Engineers are standing by to answer questions and get their facility scheduled for a 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.
MT2 is the Nation’s leading provider of environmental firing range services 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.