Dartmouth College has taken some initial steps in their cleanup plan for a contaminated test animal disposal site. Late last week, New Hampshire officials who specialize in water regulation, approved the revised cleanup plan for the historic Rennie Farm, which is a contaminated site. The Valley News says that the Rennie Farm site at Dartmouth College used to be the dump site for several tons of deceased radioactive test animals as part of tests and studies at Dartmouth’s medical school.
However, the radioactivity contaminated a private well and even though cleanup was undertaken in 2011, workers recently found waste that had been missed. So far, around $5 million has been put into the cleanup efforts and the school must wait until later this week for state nuclear regulators to approve the revised clean up.
The Department of Environmental Services has said that their immediate goal is to remove the extra lab animals that were recently discovered, in light of neighbors demanding a more thorough cleanup.
The most recent work plan was submitted in late July and will tackle a 30 by 30 foot burial plot.