The public safety team at K-State was notified earlier this week after the soil under the the L.P. Washburn tennis courts was found to be contaminated with diesel fuel.
The courts are undergoing renovation, and a contractor found the layer of contaminated soil 1 to 3 feet below the surface as crews were leveling the ground earlier this week.
The area has been blocked off and covered, and roughly 100 cubic yards of soil is being removed, said Steve Galitzer, the university’s director for public safety.
The North Central Regional Office of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, or KDHE, was contacted Tuesday after the the problem was discovered. A KDHE official surveyed the area Wednesday morning.
According to a press release, the university and KDHE are working to remove the contaminated soil and transport it to Rolling Meadows Landfill in Topeka.
The area has no known history of diesel fuel spills, according to the release. It was developed for the tennis courts in 1962 when outside soil was brought in to level off the pastureland.