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This summer, the University of Minnesota will conduct a Remedial Investigation (RI) of the University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education (UMore) Park/Former Gopher Ordnance Works in Dakota County, Minnesota. The purpose of the Remedial Investigation is to collect information needed to identify and assess potential risks to human health and the environment associated with historical uses of the property, which will be used to identify alternatives to address potential unacceptable chemical risks that may be present.
See Copies of documents relating to this investigation here: Online Information Repository
The RI will investigate 10 areas of known or potential releases identified through prior environmental studies. These areas were selected based upon comments by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to past studies and recommendations by the Minnesota Department of Health in its draft Public Health Assessment of the Former Gopher Ordnance Works in September 2014.
The RI field work is scheduled to begin in May 2016. The MPCA serves as the lead regulatory agency for the site, and will review and approve the RI Work Plan and supporting documents. The University is also committed to working cooperatively with Dakota County, the city of Rosemount, Empire Township, and the general public to share information as the RI proceeds. The findings of the RI, and past environmental studies at the property, will be documented in a Final Remedial Investigation Report, which will be made available for public review in late 2016. This RI is the final step in the investigation phase for this site. The RI findings will then be used to identify and assess potential response action alternatives to address the identified releases, consistent with the current and planned use of the property.
Read a Fact Sheet on the Remedial Investigation (73 KB PDF)
The University has also established a public Information Repository in the following location:
UMore Lease Office
15325 Babcock Ave
Rosemount, MN 55068.
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Information Repository is designed to provide a convenient and readily accessible location where residents can go to read and obtain copies of pertinent documents about the site. The Repository presently contains copies of many past environmental studies at UMore Park, documents relating to the planned RI at UMore Park, and other materials regarding the University's property.The Repository will be updated regularly to include additional information as it becomes available.
Parties desiring additional information should contact:
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
University of Minnesota
Public meetings and actions related to the Remedial Investigation will be listed here. Please check back for updates.