Thursday, 30 April 2015

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE SAFER BECAUSE OF PROPER GUN RANGE CLEANING

Even though the construction industry completely banned the use of lead in 1977, and state health reports from the 1960s warned of lead poisoning due to working in gun ranges, law enforcement officers across the country remain exposed to dangerous levels of lead at shooting ranges that fall far short of passing OSHA standards. According to the Seattle Times, “Lead contamination at police-operated ranges has gone unchecked for years because federal and state regulators rarely scrutinize them, …”police lights 400 clr 5494Lead is an ingredient in ammunition; lead particles form as a bullet travels down a gun barrel, and are released into the atmosphere as the gun fires. The particles are small enough to remain airborne, where they can be inhaled. Over time, the lead will precipitate onto surfaces, where it will sit until intentionally removed.When ingested or inhaled lead can cause headaches, muscle and joint weakness or pain, excessive tiredness or lethargy, behavioral problems or irritability, difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite, abdominal pain,nausea or vomiting, constipation, renal and respiratory failure and death.For those already exposed, the most effective remediation therapy may be chelation, which introduces a chemical substance to bind hazardous materials in the blood so the body can excrete them.Avoiding exposure to lead remains the best treatment. Gun range cleaning would appear to be the simple solution for law enforcement agencies. Surfaces in locations where lead is used (shooting ranges) should be wiped off continuously. Properly installed and maintained ventilation systems can remove airborne lead particles before they are inhaled. To learn more about how our proprietary ECOBOND® technology mitigates effects of lead in over 800 indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, contact us.

Monday, 27 April 2015

ANNUAL GUN RANGE CLEANING; GOOD FOR THE EARTH, GOOD FOR BUSINESS

You won't find it on any newspaper's front page, but lead buildup in firing ranges can be a serious problem. Not many people realize just how much lead shot is spent at shooting ranges annually.Lead poisoning and exposure in gun ranges, both indoor and outdoor, is a serious issue. Spent lead shot builds up in the soil and the padding, posing a danger to shooters from both ricochet and the buildup of lead in the environment. A lead level of less than ten in a person's bloodstream can manifest as high blood pressure and other problems with the cardiac system. Additionally, it can lead to damage to the nervous system, kidneys, digestive problems, reproductive system, brain function, and more.This is why the contamination of the environment by lead is such a large and dangerous problem.

To remedy this, MT2 has developed a patented system of lead shot removal and soil decontamination for both indoor and outdoor firing ranges. Our methods can completely clear an indoor or outdoor range of dangerous lead shot, dust, and particles. We recover 95%-100% of spent lead shot from bullet traps and soil for recycling, while using our patented EcoBond technology to neutralize any lead particles still left in the soil.
Not only will annual lead abatement be good for the health of shooters and the environment, it will also let customers know your firing range is safe and Eco-friendly. No one wants to shoot at a range full of lead dust and in danger of injury by ricocheting bullet fragments. By regularly cleaning your firing range of lead, you're letting your customers know that you care for their safety and satisfaction.For more information about MT2's patented gun range cleaning services and more, we invite you to visit our website.

You may also contact us with any questions or comments.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

THE IMPORTANCE OF LEAD SHOT RECLAMATION AT FIRING RANGES

Spending an afternoon at a shooting range is one of the many past times gun owners enjoy. However, ranges aren't just for gun enthusiasts. Professional shooters, hunters, and law enforcement personnel routinely come to firing ranges to practice and hone their skill. As such, a firing range sees much lead fly on a daily basis.
So, what happens to that lead once it's ejected from the barrel and either finds its way into a target or misses? Much of it finds its way into the soil or the embankment of the shooting range. If allowed to keep building, these spent lead shots can begin causing problems around the range. In fact, there are three main reasons why lead should be removed from the range in a timely manner.

Safety
As lead shot builds up in the padding behind targets, it drastically increases the chance of ricochet. This poses a threat to shooters and range workers alike, as ricochet bullets are still powerful enough to cause serious harm.
Environmental Protection
If a range is not properly treated for lead buildup, the risk of lead contamination in the surrounding soil and groundwater is heightened. Contamination of groundwater with lead can pose serious risks to both human health and the surrounding environment.

Value Of Reclaimed Lead
Lead isn't all bad, in fact reclaimed lead can be a highly profitable commodity. Prices are at all-time highs for heavy metal scrap such as lead, and it is highly desirable for the producers of ammunition. Barron's reports that "Prices of lead are up 18% since March, and now there’s talk of limited supplies." This presents a great opportunity for gun ranges to optimize their lead reclamation and clean up their firing range.

Of course, a range can reap further benefits from routine lead reclamation projects than those described above. A clean and well-maintained range will likely attract more customers. Plus, shooters will know the range is safe and there will be no chance of ricochet due to lead buildup.
It's for these reasons those who operate a range should seek out a lead reclamation company for routine maintenance.
At MT2, our patented and unmatched lead reclamation techniques can ensure the range will be left even nicer than when we started. We are listed on the EPA's website for contaminated site clean-up and have worked for the NYPD as well as the United States Department of Defense. If you would like to learn more about our services, we are pleased to offer a free range evaluation for indoor or outdoor ranges. Range owners needing to request an audit can get more information at: http://www.mt2.com/rangequestionnaire

Thursday, 9 April 2015

SHOOTING RANGE REMEDIATION METHODS

It's a fun day when you hop in the car with your prized guns and head to the shooting range for the day. But have you ever thought about what happens to all those rounds you fire off? Shooting Range Remediation is very important to the environment and to society. Let's take a look at why and some ways to clean up the range.Impact of Lead Migration Bullet-shooting range remediation-shutterstock 267020726
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s “Corrective Action at Outdoor Shooting Ranges Guidance Document” states oxidation occurs when lead particles exposed to air results in dissolution when exposed to acidic water. The dissolved lead then migrates through soil, rock fragments, and storm water runoffs into ground water creating health problems for citizens in the area.Lead migration can cause many health problems for people in the surrounding area of the range including kidney dysfunction, high blood pressure, cognitive and memory issues as well as neurological issues. And not only does the harmful migration affect people, it destructively affects animals as well.Benefits of Shooting Range RemediationShooting range remediation benefits a lot of aspects according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency including the range, the people using it, and others around it.

Some benefits are:
Less ContaminationWith less contamination put into the air and ground, people, animals, and the environment surrounding the range are out of harms way when it comes to lead migration.Improved Public RelationsA clean and advantageous range will improve public image and lead to customer satisfaction. Most legal and government actions start with citizens so a clean and maintained range will keep those citizens happy and reduce the risk and threat of lead migration issues.Supports RecyclingRecycling lead material and fragments usually is at no cost to the range and sometimes actually acquire a profit of the sold reclaimed lead.ConsiderationsWhen deciding the best way to keep a range clean, consider these factors:Physical Characteristic Size of rangeA large range has a greater chance of dispersion of damaging lead materials. A smaller range with a more concentrated shotfall area has a smaller risk of migration and allows for easier cleanup.SoilDepending on the pH levels of the soil at the range, the greater or less chance of lead migration. Lead will react more to acidic conditions, a pH level greater than 8. Soil with more neutral pH levels, 7-8.5, allows for the lead to “bind” to the soil preventing the lead to migrate to the subsurface. The density of the soil also makes a difference. The denser the soil is, the less migration. The more sandy/gravely the soil is, the more migration.Groundwater

The closer the groundwater is to the surface, the greater potential for dissolved lead to reach the water and spread.PrecipitationPrecipitation and water “provide means by which lead is transferred” meaning the more rain falls on the range, the more likely the lead is to migrate.Operation CharacteristicsLead VolumeKeeping records of the quantity of bullets and shots that come into the range is a good idea. The amount of shots fired is a good estimate of the amount of lead on the range and can help determine when reclamation is needed.Size of Shots/BulletsSome technology used for range remediation uses a screening device that scans the range and separates the lead from the soil. Knowing the size of shots used on the range can “maximize the yield of lead shots/bullets” for the machines.Shot Direction and PatternKnowing the shot direction and pattern can help with the effectiveness of containment devices. For example, bullet traps are great for containing shots fired from a specific direction.Best Management Practices (BMPs)BMPs are methods used to keep a shooting range clean and prevent lead migration. Here are some effective and simple BMPs commonly used Bullet/Shot ContainmentEarthen Berms and BackupsThis is the most common BMP at rifle and pistol ranges. The berms and backups are located directly behind the targets ranging from 15-20 feet high with a slope as steep as possible. These backstops can be as simple as a natural hillside, but must be free of large rock and other debris to prevent ricocheting.

Sand Traps
Sand traps are a variation of an earthen berm. These traps are mounds of sand also located directly behind the targets. They are designed to contain, collect, and control lead shots and water access. They are also recommended to be 15-20 feet high with a steep slope. The sand is sifted and removed of any fragments and then reused.Steel TrapsThese traps are again directly positioned behind targets. The shots are directed into a "deceleration chamber" and collected into trays at the bottom. When the trays are full, the lead can be taken out and recycled.Lamella and Rubber Granule TrapsThese traps are tightly hanging strips of rubber with a steel backing. They are positioned behind targets or the targets can be mounted right to the traps. These traps decrease back splatter and limit lead dust escaping into the air and ground.Shock Absorbing ConcreteShock-absorbing concrete is a fairly technological BMP. This concrete allows for easily reclaiming the lead and after the lead is removed, the concrete can be reused as well for sidewalks and curbs.Hand Raking and SiftingThis BMP is great for small range and can be done by club members, volunteers or employees. It concentrates on the surface soil and is low technology and low-cost. Different sizes of screens are used for the soil to be sifted through. After the process is finished, the lead can be recycled or reused.VacuumingThis requires some professional equipment. The vacuum collects lead, soil, and debris. The material is then put through reclamation machinery to separate the lead from everything else. This BMP is great for trap, skeet, and sporting clay ranges.Soil WashingThere are two types of soil washing, wet screening and gravity separation. Wet screening acts much like hand raking and sifting, but on a larger scale. Starting out with large screens, the soil is sifted through continuing on with smaller and smaller screens.

Each time the soil is filtered through a screen, the volume of the soil mixture is reduced. The larger lead particles that are left behind from the larger screens can be taken offsite for recycling and the soil can be reused. Gravity separation is for when the lead particles are similar in size to the surrounding soil particles. A wet mixture of soil and lead is placed in a machine where the denser matter of the mixture, the lead, settles to the bottom separating from the soil.Shooting range remediation is important for its users, owners, surrounding citizens, and the environment. Next time you visit your local shooting range, ask about which BMP they use.For range services, contact us today.