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Helping Vermont Community Address Lead Pollution Threats from Shooting Range

A residential neighborhood in Williston, Vermont abuts a shooting range that has used lead shot for nearly four decades. A community group has formed to ensure that the community's drinking water is safe and to work toward best management practices at the shooting range. The Clinic has helped the community group navigate its local and statewide options, and Toxics Action Center has helped the group focus on a two-pronged strategy involving a proposal to amend the town ordinance to better protect drinking water sources from the adverse impacts of lead waste at shooting ranges, and a local publicity campaign calling on the shooting range owner to implement stronger and more transparent best management practices. We are also participating in meetings and other advocacy before the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in support of steps the State can and should take to protect residents from the contamination emanating from the shooting range site.