Friday, October 23, 2009

Environmental Concerns

at Former Gopher Ordnance Works

The situation concerning environmental contamination at the University of Minnesota's proposed UMore Park site is a matter for concern that should be addressed immediately before proceeding to spend additional money on the project.

Certainly the situation described in:

Preliminary Environmental Investigation (2003)
Former Gopher Ordnance Works
UMore Park/Rosemount Minnesota

is a matter for concern.

The federal government conveyed 4700 acres to the University in 1947 and 3200 acres in 1948, which together became the UMore Park site.

In 1999 the Army Corps of Engineers determined that both parcels were eligible for federal funds for restoration.

In 2005 the Corps revised its position and declared that only the 1947 parcel is eligible for federal funds for restoration.

This is significant because most of the ammunition manufacturing and industrial activities were located on the 1948 parcel.

In the preliminary environmental investigation document cited above, numerous examples of contamination by mercury, arsenic, lead, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are listed.

Certainly location of a new community of 20-30,000 in this general area would seem unwise unless a thorough job of remediation were to be done.

What is the estimated cost for remediation and who is going to pay for it?

Dr. Bruininks?

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