2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:15:15 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE, CHEMWEAPONS: Legislation clarifying Umatilla Depot (OR) closure
News Release
Congressman Greg Walden
December 14, 2011

Walden: Progress on Umatilla Chemical Depot closing
Greg Walden helps secure language to close Umatilla depot under BRAC - passage into law expected by end of the year

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced that he helped secure language in upcoming legislation that allows the Umatilla Chemical Depot to close under conditions the community had long prepared for, ensuring that economic development and other uses for the land can move forward as planned.

The breakthrough overrules a decision made by a Pentagon official in May. The official concluded that because the destruction of weapons would go on past the expiration of the BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) law, the depot would instead be closed under different protocols that would have upset years of careful balance by various community stakeholders.

"The people of Umatilla and Morrow counties have spent more than 20 years and invested more than $1 million in taxpayer money to plan for the future of the Umatilla Chemical Depot's 20,000-acre facility. Working together, local community leaders developed a plan that is fair to all sides," Rep. Walden said.

"However, one lawyer in the Pentagon nearly upended all that work through his interpretation of the law. When informed of this change over the summer, I - along with Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley - worked in a bipartisan way with defense and appropriations leaders in Congress to that ensure the Umatilla depot is closed as long planned."


For the entire release, see
http://naturalresourcereport.com/2011/12/walden-progress-on-umatilla- chemical-depot-closing/


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