University of Minnesota
UMore Park

UMore Park: University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education Park

Environmental Activities

UMore Park development efforts include environmental investigations and assessments to inform decision-making for projects on the property.

2016 - Continued Remedial Investigation of UMore Park
The 2016 investigation was the latest and final phase of the RI which was conducted to provide the University and state and local regulators a more comprehensive understanding of the environmental condition of the property, including impacts associated with the construction, operation and demolition of the former GOW, and subsequent University research and tenant activities. The RI consisted of a number of environmental studies, which have identified the presence of historical releases of constituents of concern (COCs) including heavy metals (lead, arsenic and mercury), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and polychlorinated biphenyls in soil at limited areas of the property.

Remedial Investigation of UMore Park East
Launched by the University of Minnesota in 2010 and completed by Barr Engineering in 2012, the Remedial Investigation of the eastern 3,500 acres of the UMore Park property identifies and assesses the potential risks to human health and the environment associated with historical uses of the property. The completed report is a technical study that characterizes the environmental quality of soil and groundwater throughout the UMore Park east study area.

The Environmental Protection Agency's Five-Year Review
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completes a review of the University of Minnesota Rosemount Research Center Superfund Site every five years to ensure that actions taken by the University continue to protect human health and the environment. View the Five-Year Review reports.

Asbestos Abatement
An asbestos abatement process was completed in August 2008. The focus was approximately 176 acres of the former Gopher Ordnance Works (GOW) area. The GOW was a WWII smokeless gunpowder production facility established by the federal government. The assessment covered three production lines that are located in the central area of the GOW. The three lines were never completed and saw no production activity. At the time the GOW facilities were constructed, asbestos was commonly used in building materials. The abatement process included primarily the collection of Transite material from the surface of the ground. VCI Environmental Inc. conducted the abatement work based on a competitive bid process.