I really don't know if there are enough facts presented for anyone to give a course of action that I would rely on or take as council.
Who is doing the polluting? Is it a gun club? Is the club threatening a member with a "black listing" or expulsion? Who is certifying that a "gross" pollution is taking place? Are they qualified to make such an assessment?
There are a lot of whats and who's that have to be taken into account before any meaningful responses appear. Until then, any reply (imho) is just a shot from the hip, hypothetically of course.
(a) A person commits extortion who uses coercion upon another person with the intent to:
(1) Obtain property, services, any advantage or immunity; or
(2) Restrict unlawfully another's freedom of action.
(b) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution for extortion that the person reasonably claimed:
(1) Appropriate restitution or appropriate indemnification for harm done; or
(2) Appropriate compensation for property or lawful services.
(c) Extortion is a Class D felony.
In Tenn, the person(s) threatening you would have committed a felony. Check your state laws.
Personally, I am not too concerned about pellets on the ground. A lead management program is easy and inexpensive. The club should take ground samples to their local AG dept and they will tell them what they need to do.
My last dealing with a DEP water quality specialist and lead shot falling into a nearby stream yielded the following response. "lead is pervasive throughout the environment and not necessarily a contaminent that can be traced". My response was, "we make every effort to reduce the amount of lead shot falling into the stream but obviously not every pellet can be controlled". He said "thank you" and left.
Recon; Our club was shut down for lead and tested by dep.We fought them and with another co had it tested and found they were trying to shut us down to get the club and land.AFTER AN independet co tested our ground we were told that it was all contained right there and would hurt nothing.We had a long hard fight and proofed it.Then dcnr got into it and we had to fight some more.We are open again but they still check us close and so far have found no problem.I guess it stays right there and is fine.You would think someone one would lose their job for all the trouble and cost and proof they must have lied or don't know what they are doing.But it is not over yet.I gues the state and gov. does not care if ther people know what they are doing or not. one bad test and heads should roll plus the people behind it should have been fired.Oh I forgot obama is in there so nobody cares what any of them do.
Lets see, last time I flew somewhere, my luggage was searched, I was given a full body feel down and All I was doing was traveling to another state.
I would love to own a "full auto" 45ACP, but its illegal where I live. State
I would like to own a Olympic grade air rifle(CAN) with a muzzle weight, CAN'T, WHY? because they look to much like a "silencer"!! FED's
I have a CCP for the state I live in, requires background checks the same as anyone going into a "teachers" position as well as any LEO position, IT SHOULD be recognized by ALL other states including New YORK!! Fed and State
Would have loved to bought a Ford Ranger 4x4 with a diesel motor, EXPORT ONLY made in the good ole USA. COULDN'T. Feds??