News Release

Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
Visit us at www.nwhealth.org


MDCH Releases a Public Health Consultation
for the former Elk Rapids Sportsman’s Club site


(September 11, 2008) The Michigan Department of Community Health has released a final Public Health Consultation for the former Elk Rapids Sportsman’s Club. MDCH finds the site poses a public health hazard in its current condition and recommends provisions to protect public health including lead inspections in all site buildings and actions to address lead contamination in soil.

The Elk Rapids Sportsman’s Club site was used as a small arms firing range for pistols, shotguns and rifles for more than 70 years. After the shooting range closed in 2006, Elk Rapids Township proposed plans to develop the site into a public park.

In response to a November 13, 2007 Public Comment Draft Health Consultation, MDCH received comments from the Elk Rapids Township supervisor indicating the township’s intent to meet MDCH’s recommendations.

The township’s comments and MDCH’s responses can be found in Attachment A of the final Health Consultation entitled “Former Elk Rapids Sportsman’s Club, Elk Rapids, Antrim County, Michigan”, available on the MDCH web page at http://www.michigan.gov/mdch-toxics, or by calling the Michigan Department of Community Health toll free at 1-800-648-6942.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information about this Public Health Consultation, contact Linda Dykema, MDCH Division of Environmental Health, toll-free at 1-800-648-6942 or dykemal@michigan.gov.


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