May 17, 2010
Powhatan residents are fighting the Virginia State Police's plans to build a training center complete with four shooting ranges near a historic area.
Plans call for the state police, state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the FBI to use the ranges and other facilities. The center would be built on an 18-acre plot next to Deep Meadow Correctional Center.
Powhatan Supervisor Carson Tucker predicts a huge amount of noise.
The project requires a Department of Environmental Quality review and the OK of the state Secretary of Administration. The DEQ review is on hold until state police address objections over noise, safety, traffic and lighting.
Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the state police is addressing concerns and a meeting is set for June 1.