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Ohio EPA Announces New Lead Curtain Project at Cardinal Shooting Center

Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler recently announced a pilot project at the Cardinal Shooting Center and Campground (CSCC) in Marengo to install the first lead curtain abatement system in Ohio. The Cardinal Shooting Center and Campground will be able to reduce potential environmental contamination and improve the lead shot collection process through a new and more efficient system that would drastically improve the collection process called the Shot Block System.

Lead shot is generated at the Cardinal Shooting Center and Campground from firing shotgun shells at 52 trap lines. It is estimated that 150 tons of lead is generated annually. Recovering the lead shot can be difficult as it is dispersed over a very wide area. Recently, the Cardinal Shooting Center and Campground operated a manual collection and recovery system that included a mining and screening operation to capture about 40 percent of the lead shot and then a cleaning step to bring the shot to a saleable standard for consumers.

The Shot Block System will capture lead shot right after it has been fired from the shotgun. It acts as a catch net for flying lead shot and then concentrates it at the base of the system. At this point, the shot can be collected either using a vacuum or gravity collection system. It is estimated that this new system will have at least a 90 percent capture rate. CSCC estimates a 50 percent increase in lead shot collection at about 135 tons annually.

The Cardinal Shooting Center and Campground and the Delaware, Knox, Marion, Morrow Joint Solid Waste Management District is receiving $194,000 Special Assistance Grant from Ohio EPA to purchase and install this system. The company has committed to match the grant with $534,269.

After this abatement system project is tested and proven successful, it may be used in other shooting ranges.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

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