Editor’s note

Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology



Heavy metal contamination at shooting ranges is well documented (e.g., Heier et al. 2009; Islam et al. 2016). Primarily lead, but also copper, zinc, and antimony often occur at high concentrations in shooting range soils; cadmium, nickel, silver, and arsenic may also be present (Cao et al. 2003; Islam et al. 2016). These metals represent a potential threat to human health and wildlife. Although much of the lead and other metals remains in the soil (Clausen et al. 2011), some metals can also contaminate groundwater and surface water and thereby threaten aquatic life (Heier et al. 2009). Results of a study published in the current issue of the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (Stauffer et al. 2017) indicate that mercury contamination may also be an issue at shooting ranges, which has not been previously reported.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Editor’s note
Series title Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
DOI 10.1007/s00128-016-2003-4
Volume 98
Issue 1
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Columbia Environmental Research Center
Description 1 p.
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Last page 1
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