Beware the ruins!

Beware the ruins!

My colleague Erin Golden reported on the latest findings of the contamination left behind by a World War II-era munitions factory that's now the site of the University of Minnesota's gravel mine and, eventually, its Utopian community. I wrote last month about the University's grandiose vision and the current gritty reality of UMore Park, in Dakota County near Rosemount.

The crumbling ruins of the old Gopher Ordnance Works present the most immediate hazards identified in the Minnesota Department of Health assessment. Although officials have known about pollution on the site for decades, including a former Superfund site where the U used to burn toxic waste, there's another finding that appears to pave the way for more unpleasant (and expensive) revelations in the future: "There is not enough information to determine whether a health hazard exists for some areas of the site."

Here's the report:

 

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