State agencies to hold public meeting on Centre County shooting range

Philipsburg – The departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will hold a public meeting and hearing to discuss plans to clean up lead contamination at the Philipsburg Rod and Gun Club’s trap shooting range in Black Moshannon State Park in Rush Township, Centre County.

The public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22, followed by the public hearing at 7:30 at the Rush Township municipal building, 150 N. Richard St.

“Staff from DEP’s Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields program will explain the issue, review the proposed remedial solutions and answer questions,” said DEP Northcentral Regional Director Marcus Kohl.

Environmental investigations at the site have identified extensive soil and limited groundwater contamination.

Soil contamination of lead and other metals associated with the shoot exceeds statewide health standards for soil. Shallow groundwater also is contaminated with lead above the statewide health standard for groundwater.

DEP has developed four plans to address the contamination and remediate the site. The department’s preferred alternative is estimated to cost $835,319. All four plans will be presented at the public meeting.

An administrative record, including an analysis of alternatives, is available for review at the Black Moshannon Park office or at DEP’s Northcentral Regional Office in Williamsport.

During the public hearing, citizens will have an opportunity to present up to five minutes of oral testimony regarding the proposed remedial actions. Written testimony of any length also will be accepted.

The testimony will be recorded by a court reporter and transcribed into a written document.

DEP will provide a written response to all relevant testimony provided during the public hearing.

Those who wish to present oral testimony may register on-site, prior to the hearing.

For more information, visit or call 570-327-3636.