The City of Sacramento recently announced that the Mangan Park Rifle and Pistol Range contained unacceptable levels of lead contamination that would need to be mitigated and cleaned. Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Shenirer deserves credit for raising this issue in the city and spearheading efforts to determine the degree of lead contamination. Now that the contamination has been identified, it is the role of the Sacramento County Environment Management Department (EMD) and the State Department of Toxic Substances Control to devise a cleanup plan and protocols. Supervisor Kennedy is working closely with staff to see that it gets done.
Sacramento County EMD gave direction to the City of Sacramento to conduct further testing and prepare work plans for remediation. These steps included:
- Within 10 days, the City submitted results from the wipe sample testing in certain hard surface areas outside the range building, including the sidewalks in front of and leading to the entrance of the building. Based on these test results, the fence that the City erected cordoning off the area was enlarged.
- Within 14 days, the City submitted a work plan describing the measures the City will take to clean, remove, and/or encapsulate the lead contamination on the outside of the building to a level that meets the California Department of Public Health standards.
- Within 30 days, the City will submit a site characterization plan that identifies additional soil testing to confirm the extent of the soil contamination outside of the building.
- Within 120 days, the City will submit a soil remediation plan that identifies how the lead contamination in the soil outside of the building will be remediated.
The City’s soil and surface testing that has been conducted in the areas of the park near the range building. Testing in other areas, including the swimming pool and play areas determined them to be well below unsafe levels of lead in the soil or on surface areas.