2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2009 10:33:11 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE, MUNITIONS: Umatilla Chemical Depot (OR) planning
Contamination at Umatilla clouds land-use issue

By Richard Cockle
The Oregonian
October 31, 2009

HERMISTON -- With the Army on track to destroy the last of the deadly mustard agents at its Umatilla Chemical Depot in 2011 and return the sprawling property to public use, developers from ports to tribes are drawing up plans.

But contamination and unexploded weapons could delay any transfer, possibly for years.

The 19,728-acre depot 11 miles west of Hermiston has plenty of land for industrial development. It also has 50 miles of interior rail lines, easy access to Interstates 84 and 82, and close proximity to two Columbia River ports and a Union Pacific main line, said Scott Fairly, spokesman for Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

"Where else in the world do you have nearly 20,000 acres that can be developed with interstate access?" asked Brian Cole, who heads a consulting team helping plan the depot's future.


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