2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 07:53:58 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CLOSURE, CHEMWEAPONS: "Umatilla Chemical Depot [OR] turns lights off"
Umatilla Chemical Depot turns lights off

July 18, 2012

HERMISTON -- The blue flag of the Umatilla Chemical Depot has flown for the last time. "End of an Era -- 1941 to 2012" said the sign over the main entrance to the depot Tuesday as workers, former workers, family members and community leaders drove onto the depot.

They gathered for an Operations Lights Out ceremony marking deactivation of the site after 71 years of use by the Army, initially as a munitions and general supply storehouse and then the storage and eventual destruction of about 12 percent of the nation's stockpile of chemical weapons.

"Today the Umatilla Chemical Depot will be officially deactivated and case its color for the final time," said Hal McCune, spokesman for contractor URS and master of ceremonies. "When the colors depart the field this morning, it signifies that the Umatilla Chemical Depot's mission is complete."


For the entire article, see
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/07/18/2218341/umatilla-chemical- depot-turns.html


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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