Progress on the horizon for Warren rifle range
Warren — After several years of controversy, the former R.D. Outfitters rifle range on Route 90 in Warren may be one step closer to environmental cleanup.
Warren Selectman Ed LaFlamme presented a letter to the board Nov. 14 from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, which stated the DEP intends to "set a final plan in motion before the end of 2012."
DEP has been monitoring the situation with the shooting range owned by parent company Steamship Navigation for years. In particular, concerns center on the tons of flammable polyester fiber waste material stored on the range.
In the letter, dated Nov. 8, Director of the Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management Melanie Loyzim wrote that the DEP is "actively seeking options for the removal and final disposition" of the polyester fiber waste.
Options for disposition of the waste material include use as an alternative fuel, which would require shredding or additional processing, or "other purposes" yet to be determined. The letter indicates that the most costly element of the cleanup might be transportation of the waste, but that those expenses might be reduced through the use of "existing contracts at licensed facilities."
According to Loyzim's letter, the DEP will provide an update to the Warren Board of Selectmen in December 2012.
Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.