S.F. gun club closure triggers $22 million cleanup

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The Pacific Rod and Gun Club at Lake Merced may be shutting down in April, but its presence will linger on in the estimated $22 million bill to clean up 80 years’ worth of shotgun pellets and busted clay pigeons that litter the lakeside skeet- and trap-shooting range.

Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors approved the final $9.5 million for the cleanup project, which is to begin days after the club moves out April 8. Construction crews will begin removing about 46,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil from the 11-acre site at San Francisco’s southwestern edge, replacing it with clean dirt.

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