May 12, 2004
|FROM:||Benjamin Ladner, President|
|SUBJECT:||Army Corps Activities on Campus|
Over the past several months, we have been working with the Army Corps to plan for the Corps’ remediation activities that will take place on an area of our campus behind the housing, public safety, and Kreeger buildings. As I explained in a previous memo to the campus, the Army Corps, Environmental Protection Agency, and DC Public Health Department have identified this area (known as Lot 18 on their maps) as a site that could possibly contain chemicals and/or munitions left over from World War I.
Some of you may have noticed that the Army Corps has already begun making initial set-up preparations prior to beginning actual work at the site. This memo is to let you know that the university has limited the Army Corps activity for the time being only to site preparation work until we are able to make a final determination about the total scope of the project and its impact on university operations. No actual digging or remediation can begin until we are satisfied about the full nature of the project and can assure the campus community of the safety of the Corps’ activities.
Within the next week or two, we will have the final information needed to make decisions about the scope, nature, and schedule of the proposed project, and I will communicate with the campus community at that time.
The good news is, once we have clarified these issues, the Lot 18 project will be the last remediation activity by the Army Corps on our campus.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move through this process.