FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- The removal of methane-generating buried trash at the Manor View dump site is scheduled to begin next week.

The purpose is to address safety hazards associated with methane generating from the buried trash. Removal of the methane-generating trash and the restoration of the site to a flat, open field allow the site to be returned to the community for beneficial use.

The trash will be disposed of at an approved off-post landfill.

The Army began preparing the site on Feb. 14 and continues to conduct site preparation activities such as fence installation, traffic controls and vegetation clearing.

The next steps -- trash excavation, off-post disposal and backfilling -- are anticipated to start next week.

The Manor View dump site and other environmental projects are discussed every other month at Fort Meade's Restoration Advisory Board meetings.

The next meeting is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Capt. John Smathers Reserve Center on Annapolis Road, off Route 175.

Meetings are open to the public. Interested community members are welcome to attend and to apply as a community board member.

For more information, call the Environmental Office at 301-677-9854.

Cleanup timeline

* February to March: Site preparation (four weeks)

* March to May: Trash excavation, off-post disposal and backfilling (nine weeks)

* May: Site restoration (two weeks)

Throughout the work: Air monitoring, methane monitoring, traffic control, dust control, odor control, noise control and public outreach activities