New push for Powhatan shooting range

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POWHATAN COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - There could be a new push to get a controversial shooting range built in Powhatan County -- a project neighbors say they don't want.

The state department of environmental quality is reloading the issue, but despite that it may not have much ammunition to make the project a reality.

The DEQ and several other agencies say they have no objections to the proposed shooting range.

In a study the department said there were no environmental or transportation concerns, but that may not be enough.

According to the Times-Dispatch the DEQ is also calling the project "not routine" because of major opposition from neighbors and county leaders.

All while another report states that someone's aim being off by just a little bit could send a bullet flying into Goochland County.

If built the range would have 81 firing lanes to be used by several law enforcement agencies including State Police.

Last month, one of the project's biggest backers, the FBI, pulled out taking with it $1.3 million of funding.

State Police say they are looking for other funding sources for the nearly $2 million project.

A decision on if it will be built is expected within two weeks.

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