The College Park City Council unanimously voted last week to urge the University of Maryland to remove 14 transformers filled with federally banned polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the College Park campus.
Harry Kriemelmeyer, physical plant director for the university, said some leaky transformers and the soil they had contaminated were removed last December. But he said the university is "about a month or so late" in getting rid of the remaining 14 and said they should be removed by next Monday.
The transformers are used in the running of machinery and are stored on a fenced lot next to the Leonardtown dormitory.
In other business, the council approved a zoning expansion proposal for Litton Industries, an electronics firm that is one of Prince George's County's largest employers, said Donald Byrd, city director of public service.
Litton is buying 36 acres and a chemical-waste storage facility at 51st Avenue and Calvert Road for $2.1 million from the University of Maryland. Byrd said Litton's expansion will result in 700 new jobs for the College Park area. Construction is scheduled for June.
The university plans to built a new storage facility--meeting tough state and federal safety regulations--on the north side of campus.
Chemical wastes stored in the building include PCBs and radioactive and acidic wastes from campus laboratories. The wastes are kept at the facility until there are enough to be sent to a permanant storage location, Kriemelmeyer said.