Arsenic found at site of proposed Bear River aquatic center |

Arsenic found at site of proposed Bear River aquatic center

Arsenic has been found on the site of the proposed $7 million Bear River High School expansion, Nevada Joint Union High School District trustees were told Wednesday night.

The arsenic was located several feet underneath a basketball court where the proposed aquatic center is planned, said Ijaz Jamall, a consultant hired by the high school district.

The levels of arsenic found exceeded acceptable standards, Jamall said.

The discovery of arsenic in a July soil sample further complicates plans for Bear River’s planned $7 million aquatic center and performing arts complex. Trustees had hoped to begin construction on the long-delayed project by December. Jamall said it may still be possible for construction to begin by the end of 2004.

Trustees, hopeful that the excavation of the soil and testing can be completed by that date, extended the contract of Aberdeen Burris Construction until December 31. That means construction must start by that date.

The discovery of arsenic near the proposed aquatics center is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Bear River expansion. Tons of dirt have already been removed from the site of the proposed performing arts complex, where lead pellets were discovered. The area of the performing arts center was formerly used as a trap shooting range many years ago.

For the full story, read Friday’s editions of The Union.

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