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Lead soils to be removed from City-owned property

St. Petersburg, Fla.  (September 1, 2017) – Crews are poised to begin removing tons of dirt contaminated with lead and other metals on the site of the former St. Petersburg Pistol Club at 1845 13th Avenue N.

The site -- which is slated to be the home to a new, modern firing range for the St. Police Department -- is being renovated after the city took over its operation.

“The clean-up would be happening regardless of the new use,” said St. Petersburg City Architect Raul Quintana. 

Plans are to remove the first six inches to foot of soil in an area roughly 50-60 yards east of 19th Street N and about 30 yards north of 13th Avenue N.  The city -- and contractor Cardno -- are notifying the Florida Department of Environmental Protection of this interim source removal activity. However, there should be no reason to believe there are any inherent health or safety risks. 

“We expect to remove 50-60 tons of contaminated soil,” said Rick Hagberg with Cardno.  “Securely and safely.”

Crews will wear protective gear, and the area will be cordoned off with tape during the excavation process.  The scraped dirt will be loaded into secured and covered roll-off dumpsters, which will be transported to an approved landfill for disposal.

An approval of the agreement with Cardno to handle the site clean-up work will come before the St. Petersburg City Council on September 7th.  It is hoped that the remediation work can begin September 12th.  Contractors expect the work to take about two weeks.

“This project continues to stay on budget and on track,” according to Mr. Quintana.

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