2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 13:55:31 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CLOSURE, CHEMWEAPONS: Lawmakers protest [Umatilla, OR] Depot plan
Lawmakers protest Depot plan

By Luke Hegdal
Hermiston Herald (OR)
June 25, 2011

Oregon lawmakers fought back against a Department of Defense ruling that could nullify 20 years and $1 million worth of planning for closure of the Umatilla Chemical Depot under Base Closure and Realignment Commission legislation.

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, along with Congressman Greg Walden, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Thursday, that outlines their opposition to the decision.

"Unfortunately, we recently discovered that the Office of General Counsel has decided that because the destruction of the chemical weapons at UMCD won't be complete by September 15, the facility will be closed and disposed outside of BRAC," the lawmakers wrote. "As you know, Congress created BRAC as a way to consolidate and realign military facilities - saving taxpayer dollars. To try to use the BRAC statute to keep UMCD in federal hands and waste more than $1 million is shameful."


For the entire article, see
http://www.hermistonherald.com/news/lawmakers-protest-depot-plan/ article_92fd290e-9f2a-11e0-bbac-001cc4c002e0.html


Lenny Siegel
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