FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Officials say a site used by the University of Arkansas to dump low-level radioactive waste in the early 1970s near Fayetteville will soon become a grassy pasture.
Mike Johnson, associate vice chancellor for facilities, says state and university officials began planning to dismantle the four-acre dump in 2001, after monitoring wells showed contamination in the soil. Johnson says some of the buried, clay-lined cells that housed waste slightly leaked into the ground.
He described the waste as a mix of chemicals, radioactive isotopes and lab waste like contaminated gloves.
Chain-link and barbed-wire fence that has surrounded the property for decades will be removed soon after the $4 million cleanup operation ends. The university has no immediate plans for the property.