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Article updated: 7/23/2013 2:54 PM

Lead remediation set to begin at Naperville's Sportsman's Park

Naperville Park District in September will launch the first phase of plans to remove lead from outside the fence line at Sportsmanís Park.

Naperville Park District in September will launch the first phase of plans to remove lead from outside the fence line at Sportsman's Park.

 

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Naperville Park District will begin the first of two remediation phases in September to remove lead from outside the fence line at Sportsman's Park, which houses three trapshooting ranges at West Street and Martin Avenue near downtown.

The first phase of work is scheduled for completion in 2014, park district officials said Tuesday.

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The property has been used for shooting since roughly 1937. Only steel pellets have been used since 1998 when a settlement agreement signed by the city, park district and others banned lead shot and adopted environmental protections enforced by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Tests conducted last year uncovered traces of lead outside the park's eastern fence line.

Since those findings, the district has installed a fence around the area while officials decided exactly how to remediate the site.

Information regarding the remediation of Sportsman's Park is available at the park district's website at http://www.napervilleparks.org/parks/sportsmans-park.

This is a developing story. For details as they become available, check back at dailyherald.com or read Wednesday's Daily Herald.

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