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|Date:||26 Nov 2002 19:02:14 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] MAKING A FUTURE PARK SAFE|
MAKING A FUTURE PARK SAFE: CAMP BONNEVILLE RECKONING ARMY, ECOLOGY TRY TO DETERMINE EXTENT AND COST OF ENVIRONMENTAL, MUNITIONS CLEANUP Tuesday, November 26, 2002 By ERIN MIDDLEWOOD, Columbian staff writer Seven years after the military retired Camp Bonneville, the U.S. Army and the state Department of Ecology still are trying to size up the threat posed by pollution and unexploded munitions on the base north of Camas. The Army intends to turn over the 3,800 acres to Clark County for use as a regional park, as well as a law enforcement training center, an outdoor school and American Indian cultural center. But for years the base has remained in limbo. Targets of Soviet soldiers lean at odd angles on overgrown shooting ranges. Barrels stand sentinel near wells where the Army tests groundwater. Tape cordons off suspicious craters. The base ---- coveted for its 59,000 square feet of buildings, Lacamas Creek frontage and wooded acreage ---- is anywhere from four to 20 years away from becoming a county park, said Pete Capell, the county's public works director. "There's a lot of work to do," he said. First, the Army must determine the extent of the cleanup and cost. Then the Army and the county need to decide whether contractors will do the work before or after the base is transferred to the county. "We haven't determined yet which way we want to go," county Commissioner Judie Stanton said. "We'd like the parkland. We'd like to get it cleaned up. We'd like to remove the fire danger. It's important for us to move ahead to get cleanup done." A draft of an agreement between the Army and the Department of Ecology that will guide cleanup will be out for public comment in the next month or so. By next fall, the Army expects to release a report outlining possible approaches. This article can be viewed at: http://www.columbian.com/11262002/clark_co/338067.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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