The landfill, located north of Bill Snyder Family Stadium near Kimball Avenue, is where the university chemical waste was disposed of in the 1960s and 1970s, as was the standard practice for universities throughout the U.S.
Removal and disposal is expected to last 45 days, according to Kelly Greene, the university’s environmental manager. During that period, workers will also continuously monitor the air in the area.
Contents of the landfill will be placed into containers and samples will be taken to ensure accurate identification for proper disposal. Low-level radioactive materials will be shipped by rail to Utah for disposal, while intact chemical containers will be handled through the university’s hazardous waste contractor.
Once the contents have been removed, restoration to the landfill will begin following approval from the state.
For safety, Greene and university officials ask the public to stay outside of the fenced area.