Shooting Range Lead Mining


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Shooting Range Lead Mining
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The CAL FIRE Training Center has three shooting ranges that are used for Peace Officer firearms training. The far ends of the ranges have earthen berms that act as a safety measure to block and capture ammunition. Over the course of many decades, expended lead (bullets, shot, pellets, fragments) has built up in the berms, resulting in an environmental hazard. A contractor will be employed to mine the lead from the berms. An excavator and backhoe will be used to dismantle the berms and feed a generator-powered soil trommel, which will filter and separate the lead from the soil. After the lead is removed, the soil will be replaced and compacted to re-establish the berms at the same locations. The lead will be transported by a certified contractor to a lead recycling/disposal facility. Activities will comply with US Environmental Protection Agency Best Management Practices for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines and procedures. The shooting ranges cover an area of approximately three acres, with the area covered by the berms less than half an acre.

Contact Information

Christina Snow
Agency Name
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Job Title
Senior Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Cross Streets
Michigan Bar Road
State Highways

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4, California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
The project involves minor alterations to land and does not impact removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees or have any impacts on sensitive or endangered species.


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