Public Meeting Set to Discuss Rennie Farm

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State environmental officials will be on hand for the Sept. 13 session.

Rennie Farm
The 223-acre Rennie Farm is located in the Hanover village of Etna. (Photo by Robert Gill) 

Dartmouth is hosting a public information meeting next week at which state environmental officials will discuss Rennie Farm, land the College used decades ago as a burial site for animal and human remains used in medical research.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m., in Alumni Hall, upstairs in the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

For about a decade ending in 1978, a half-acre plot on the 223-acre College-owned farm, located in the Hanover village of Etna, was used as a state and federally licensed burial site for animal carcasses that had been used in medical research. In addition, the remains of donated human cadavers were buried in a 10-foot by 10-foot site adjacent to the animal burial area, after the bodies had been used in medical school classes.

Chemical contamination from the site has been found in one private water well near Rennie Farm and in a stream that flows into Hewes Brook in the area. Information about the contamination and the work the College is performing to remediate the site can be found on the Rennie Farm Project website.

Work on the site is being done in compliance with state regulatory requirements in cooperation with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the New Hampshire Radiological Health Section.

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