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From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 21:14:17 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, REUSE: Camp Bonneville (WA) cleanup plan
Washington State Department of Ecology
News Release 10-200
August 11, 2010

Ecology posts Camp Bonneville cleanup plan online

OLYMPIA - The final cleanup plan for munitions and explosives at the Camp Bonneville military reservation is now available online.

Camp Bonneville takes in almost 4,000 acres of forested land about five miles northeast of Vancouver city limits in Clark County. The Department of Defense owned Camp Bonneville from 1910 to 1995 and used it for firing range practice and training.

Later investigations found contaminated groundwater and soil contaminated with unexploded ordnance, explosive compounds, lead, and other pollutants.

Ecology developed the cleanup plan with Clark County's input. The plan reflects what needs to be done so county residents can safely use the property. The plan covers the area where munitions and explosives could be found, as well as the portion designated for future county park development.

Work to remove munitions and to clean up other contamination stalled in September 2009 because of uncertainty over the amount the U.S. Army would pay for a project that is far more extensive than initially estimated.

Clark County intends to negotiate a new funding agreement with the Army and hire a contractor to continue the cleanup. The county recently took steps to end its relationship with the previous contractor, Bonneville Conservation, Restoration and Renewal Team. Ecology expects cleanup work to resume next year as soon as weather permits.

"Ecology remains committed to a complete cleanup at Camp Bonneville," said Barry Rogowski, Ecology's Camp Bonneville cleanup manager. "We continue to work well with Clark County, and we will make sure the county's residents end up with a safe property for public use."

Once the property is cleaned up to state standards, Clark County plans to redevelop the area as a park and habitat conservation area.


For the original press release, see

Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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