Restoration Sites

During the 1940s, Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory conducted scientific research in support of the nation’s historic Manhattan Project, contributing to the effort to purify uranium for the first self-sustaining chain reaction at the University of Chicago. This effort, as well as scientific research at the Ames Laboratory in the 1950s, resulted in several sites around Ames becoming contaminated by radioactive and hazardous wastes. In the 1990s, characterization, remediation and restoration activities were undertaken. The following information reflects the closure status of these sites as determined by the Bureau of Radiological Health of the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

 

Sites

                                                      
Old Sewage Plant Site was approved for Unrestricted Use in 1995
Grand Avenue Underpass Site
was approved for Unrestricted Use in 1996
Ames Municipal Cemetary Site was approved for Unrestricted Use in 1996
Applied Sciences Complex Site was approved for Unrestricted Use in 1996
Block House Site was approved for Unrestricted Use  in 1996
Little Ankeny Debris Site was approved for Unrestricted Use in 1996
Annex I Site was approved for Approved for Current Use in 1996
Annex II Site was approved for Approved for Current Use in 1996
Ames Municipal Airport Site was approved for Approved for Current Use in 1996
Chemical Disposal Site was approved for Unrestricted Use in 1998
Former Iowa State College Dump Site was approved for Unrestricted Use in 2001
Fire Service Institute Training Area was approved for Unrestricted Use in 2002


IDPH Release Correspondence

Letter from IDPH, Closure of nine sites, January 11, 1996.

Letter from IDPH, Unrestricted Release of the Chemical Disposal Site, October 15, 1998.

Letter from IDPH, Closure of the Former Iowa State College Dump Site, September 17, 2001.

Letter from IDPH, Closure of the Fire Service Institute Training Area, February 26, 2002.