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Lead Contamination Liability At Shooting Ranges

Historically, shooting range location, set up and even operation was not highly regulated for environmental concerns. The emphasis for most ranges was on safety. Moreover, many ranges would periodically seek to cleanup spent bullets on the range. Lead contamination issues continue to dominate media coverage especially with cases such as Flint, Michigan. As many former and/or current range operators have discovered, their historical operational practices may not have been sufficient to prevent soil and groundwater contamination. Thus, range owners, operators and users have found themselves subject to administrative cleanup orders and/or litigation for lead contamination. Liability in many instances may be sought against multiple parties and/or users and in other situations against a single individual and/or company. Some ranges have been fortunate to have insurance coverage that will potentially cover the claims but finding historical insurance coverage and/or convincing the insurance companies to defend and indemnify the range owners and operators can be a challenge.

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