2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 28 Feb 2005 20:47:01 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Letter re Camp Bonneville fences
Dear Ben Forson and Eric Waehling, 

Please enter this into the Administrative Record for Camp Bonneville,
Vancouver WA. 

As cleanup actions are currently under consideration for the remediation
of unexploded ordnance, measures to prevent or limit exposure to
hazardous substances and dangerous constituents have been breached. It
has been presented (video) at a RAB meeting last month that the fence
along large portions of the East boundary of Camp Bonneville are missing
and seem to have been for years. Marked neighborhood maintained paths
leading into the camp are heavily used, a camp fire site within feet
from the Army property line exist with no signs or fencing.  The impact
area for the 3,800 acre, 85 year old site exists near this eastern boundary.

The Enforcement Order issued by the Department of Ecology in March of
2003, page 36 under the 7.10, "Reservation of Rights/No Settlement"
clause, states: "In the event Ecology determines that conditions at the
Site are creating or have the potential to create a danger to health or
welfare of the people on the Site or in the Surrounding area or to the
environment, Ecology may order the Army to stop further implementation
of this Order for such period of time as needed to abate the danger."

The Department of Ecology, guided under Model Toxics Control Act, Toxics
Cleanup Program has the authority to determine such controls to assure
protection of human health and the environment. A potential cease in
cleanup plans and actions to address this issue causes great concern to
myself and this process. 

I make a request to the Department of Ecology and the Department of
Army, to take immediate action to erect a suitable fence around all
boundaries, much like the west entrance that has performed well in
protecting the public until adequate restoration and the elimination of
hazards. Please consider my requisition without delay in cleanup

I look forward to working with both departments and the response to my


Christine Sutherland 
Camp Bonneville Restoration Advisory Board Member 


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
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