2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 28 May 2010 12:54:40 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, REUSE: Camp Bonneville (WA) editorial
In Our View: Clean up the Camp
Stubborn blame-deflection continues as Camp Bonneville project is delayed again

The Columbian (WA)
May 25, 2010

Which will be cleaned up first, the Gulf of Mexico or Clark County's Camp Bonneville? If you can answer that question, you're smarter than three layers of officials with Clark County, the state Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army.

Camp Bonneville is a 3,840-acre site in east county that's so beautiful as to have the county drooling over the possibility of turning it into a park, perhaps with a veterans cemetery. But the abandoned artillery range is infested with an unmeasured load of unexploded ordnance left over from 86 years' use by the Army. More than $28.6 million has been spent trying to clean up the site. But as Erik Robinson reported in Saturday's Columbian, the state and the county are in the process of firing subcontractor Mike Gage, president of the nonprofit Bonneville Conservation Restoration and Renewal Team. That is just a formality, though. Gage stopped working late last year, claiming the Army failed to fully explain how extensive the project would be, arguing it would cost far more than what was provided in his contract.

There's got to be a way for this problem to be solved. Local, state and federal officials owe it to local residents. But do those two statements sound familiar? Yes, it's the same argument we've made for the Hanford nuclear reservation in the Tri-Cities area: The feds made the mess; the feds should clean it up. If only it were that simple.


For the entire editorial, see


Lenny Siegel
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