Col. Fred Hillyard, commander of Fort Douglas, has opposed a proposed University of Utah hazardous-radioactive waste-packaging site that he says would be within 400 feet of military housing.
The site is one of three being considered for a plant to handle the university's dangerous waste.Lewis Penman, director of campus planning, said the Fort Douglas site, near the chapel, also presents aesthetic concerns.
"Placing the facility at that site reminds me of bringing the washer and dryer into the living room," he said.
The comments were made during a meeting Tuesday with community leaders and city officials.
The university annually produces about 26,000 pounds of chemical waste and 3,000 cubic feet of low-level radioactive waste.
A previous plan to build the facility at approximately Seventh South on Guardsman Way was blocked by neighbors worried about potential dangers to health and property values.
Failure to win approval for the Guardsman Way site prompted the university to hire an independent consultant to identify other campus sites for the facility. The consultant's study found three areas that met a long list of technical re-quirements.
No opposition was voiced to the other two sites selected by the consultant, near the baseball park at the mouth of Red Butte Canyon and near the campus heating plant.
Penman said the final selection of a site will be based on the technical information in the consultant's report, public comments, aesthetic considerations and a cost-benefit analysis that is being done on all three sites.
He said the ball park location may be the most expensive because it is the farthest from utilities and improved roads. The consultants ranked this site as the best in terms of technical requirements for the facility.