Friday, October 14, 2011

Cleaning Up: Camp Bonneville cleanup moving ahead

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

We started seeking comments today (Friday, Oct. 14) for a proposed change in how cleanup work will move ahead at the sprawling Camp Bonneville site in Clark County.

Ecology is overseeing the cleanup of the former military reservation, which the U.S. Army used for firing range practice and training from 1910 to 1995.

In March 2006, Ecology, Clark County and the Bonneville Conservation Restoration and Renewal Team (BCRRT) signed a Prospective Purchaser Consent Decree. The decree outlined the cleanup process and schedule for Camp Bonneville; BCRRT led the cleanup work.

BCRRT has completed its involvement in the project. Now we’re proposing to amend the Prospective Purchaser Consent Decree to outline how Clark County will lead cleanup efforts, which the Army will continue to fund.

Here’s our news release about the comment period on the proposal.

In other recent cleanup news, here’s a story from The Olympian about soil sampling around the new Olympia City Hall, which is a cleanup site. The property previously was home to a Safeway grocery store, a service station and other automotive-related uses.

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