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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 their drinking water is safe and to convince the shooting range to implement best management practices. The work of Clinic student clinicians has helped the community group navigate their 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. The Clinic and Toxics Action Center have also participated in meetings with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to discuss steps the state can and should take to protect residents from the contamination emanating from the shooting range site.