As we have communicated recently, the Army Corps of Engineers will be engaged in a number of testing and remediation activities for the next few months. Last week, the Corps of Engineers began taking soil samples from the intramural field area and a few other spots. This work will continue through the end of this week. Analysis of these samples is scheduled to be completed in approximately four weeks. At that time the Army, EPA and District of Columbia Health Department will discuss the appropriate course of action with the university and its consultants. As those plans are developed, we will let you know what to expect.
The intramural field will remain closed until the Corps has determined that no affected areas of soil remain on the field. Athletics is making alternative arrangements for playing fields for this spring and early summer.
Soil found to have elevated levels of arsenic, mercury and lead at the Small Disposal Area behind Hamilton has been removed. Testing of soil at the bottom of the excavated area is taking longer than anticipated, so that work will continue this week as well.
If you have questions about the sampling or about the Army Corps of Engineers Project, please call the AU Information Line at 202-885-2020, or refer to the website. You can access the website at www.american.edu/usace.