As you know, American University and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are investigating the University's property and other areas of Spring Valley for arsenic that may be present in the soil. We are committed to providing additional information regarding the investigation and cleanup as we learn more about the project. There is no higher priority for the University than the safety and education of your children and the safety of the faculty and staff.
We know that as a parent, you are particularly concerned about the Child Development Center (CDC) and we want to provide the information you requested. Attached is a copy of the sampling map of the tests conducted by the Army Corps, which includes the preliminary sampling results for the CDC and adjoining AU property lots. To assist with your review, I provide some additional explanation.
The map showing the preliminary results of the sampling provides numbers inside grids that cover approximately 100 square feet in area for each grid. The arsenic level measured for each grid is noted within the grid. Numbers appearing in red are those above 13 parts per million, or ppm, which is the background level expected to occur naturally in this area.
I hope that you find this information to be helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our information line at (202) 885-2020. Additionally, the Army Corps of Engineers has established an information repository that contains additional documents pertaining to the investigation and cleanup. You may visit the information repository at the Palisades Library at 4901 V St., NW, or contact the library at (202) 282-3139.
Map showing the preliminary results of the soil sampling (Note:Map of soil samplings is a large image, 3150 x 2000)