State police not giving up on shooting range

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POWHATAN COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Debate continues over a proposed and controversial shooting range in Powhatan County. The Richmond division of the FBI is no longer supporting the project, but Virginia State Police have not given up just yet.

The decision hinges on the community's overwhelming opposition to this project. That's according to a letter sent by the FBI to District Representative Randy Forbes earlier this week.

As outlined in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the FBI withdrew support in July, but didn't provide an explanation until this week.

The agency was supposed to provide the vast majority of funding for the nearly $2 million shooting range planned off Old River Trail.

The letter details that while the FBI does have crucial training needs, it wants to balance those requirements with the needs of local residents.

Last week, the state's Department of Environmental Quality said it supports the site from an environmental standpoint but sited the project as "not routine" because of strong opposition from both Powhatan and Goochland County leaders and residents.

Virginia State Police continue to explore other options while the review process is underway.

The project is now under final review by the state's Secretary of Administration Lisa Hicks-Thomas. A decision is expected in a matter of days.

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