2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <LSiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:14:27 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: Editorial: "Resume the Cleanup" at Camp Bonneville (WA)
In Our View: Resume the Cleanup

Camp Bonneville offers great potential; county must continue to press Army officials

The Columbian (WA)
April 28, 2011

Among the cats to be herded in the Camp Bonneville cleanup project are the U.S. Army, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Ecology and parks, environmental and legal officials with Clark County. Good luck getting that multi- jurisdictional bunch moving in the same direction.

But county officials have not given up on trying to turn the 3,840- acre former artillery range into a park, and we say good for them. Such a conversion makes perfect sense, and the complexity of the challenge only seems to make county folks more determined.

It’s been almost a year since any cleanup progress has been noted at the site in east county, but as a recent Columbian story noted, officials from the county and the Army are still talking about how to get it done. We hope they stay focused on the astoundingly simple concept that must guide this process: The Army contaminated Camp Bonneville, and the Army must clean it up. For eight decades, the artillery range was pounded with assorted ordnance, much of it now beneath the surface and an undetermined amount unexploded. All of it must be removed before any public use can be allowed.


For the entire editorial, see
http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/apr/28/in-our-view-resume-the- cleanup/


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
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