2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 09:29:24 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, CLOSURE: Camp Bonneville (WA) failure
Bonneville Blunder
Plans for park and cemetery now appear more elusive than ever at Camp Bonneville

The Columbian (WA)
March 27, 2009

Unfortunately for Clark County residents, the cleanup of Camp Bonneville is turning into a classic example of government at its worst. As The Colombian's Erik Robinson reported Thursday, it now appears cleaning up the old Army artillery range in the east county will cost about twice as much as the Army had predicted, and less than half of the 3,480-acre site could be turned over to public use.

Understandably, converting old artillery ranges into public use is an inexact science. It's hard to know how many old shells and dangerous leftovers are buried until the cleanup begins. But in this case, public frustration rises to a higher level because of widespread finger-pointing among at least four stakeholders in the project: Clark County officials, the state Department of Ecology, Army officials and a nonprofit organization contracted to oversee the cleanup. Throw in several subcontractors working on the site, plus the legitimate needs of special-interest groups such as parks developers and advocates of a veterans cemetery, and what seems like a simple project turns into a bureaucratic nightmare.


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