2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 14:52:51 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CHEMWEAPONS, REUSE: Umatilla Depot (OR) mission accomplished
Umatilla Chemical Depot's mission success

By Annette Cary
Tri-City Herald (WA)
October 23, 2011

HERMISTON -- Within a matter of days, the risk of a chemical weapons accident at the Umatilla Chemical Depot should be gone.


Already, for the first time in 70 years, what's now the Umatilla Chemical Depot is not being used to store Army munitions. The depot is about 40 miles south of Kennewick between interstates 82 and 84 in Oregon.


Some of the 20,000 acres of the depot are planned to be developed for industrial use, helping to replace some of the jobs that are lost.

The reuse plan, developed by county, port and tribal leadership and adopted by the Army, calls for about 7,400 acres to be turned over to the Oregon National Guard. That includes the firing range and the area used for ammunition demolition. The guard is expected to start moving into some buildings in February.

The next largest portion, 5,600 acres, will be left natural for a wildlife refuge to preserve some of the best shrub steppe habitat left in the Columbia Basin. It includes nesting areas for two species of concern, the long-billed curlew and the burrowing owl, Ferguson said.


For the entire article, see
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/10/23/2240171/umatilla-chemical- depots-mission.html

Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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