DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis announced recently a new initiative to switch to ‘green ammo’ from lead-based ammunition for departmental firearms training to reduce the impact of lead at firing ranges.
Leading by Example
Commissioner Grannis said, ‘DEC is committed to leading the search for new ways, both large and small, to reduce the amount of contamination released into our environment. Our 464 environmental conservation officers and forest rangers are leading the state by implementing a common-sense change to use non-toxic ammunition in order to protect public health and the environment from the effects of lead.’
DLE recruits in firing practice
The ammunition DEC will be using is considered ‘green’ in comparison to standard ammunition because it is lead-free and includes non-toxic primers. This combination greatly reduces the impact of firearms training on the environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), lead from ammunition can be introduced into the environment in one or more of the following ways: lead oxidizes when exposed to air and dissolves when exposed to acidic water or soil; lead bullets, bullet particles, and dissolved lead can be moved from firing ranges by storm-water runoff; and dissolved lead can migrate through soils to groundwater.
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