Arizona

Sep 27, 2013 3:55 PM by Associated Press

Lead cleanup keeping ranges near Tucson closed

TUCSON - Three popular recreational shooting sites in the Coronado National Forest just east of Tucson will remain closed for up to another year so crews can clean up at least 300 tons of lead-contaminated soil.

The three sites in the Redington Pass area between the Santa Catalina and Rincon mountains have been closed since January so workers could remove shooting debris and conduct a health assessment. The closure was extended Thursday and the sites could remain shuttered until next September.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/196Nv6v ) toxic lead was measured at 80 times higher than federally recommended cleanup levels.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Heidi Schewel says the agency is trying to decide how to prevent future contamination and working on a proposal for a managed shooting range in Redington Pass.

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