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5/14/2014

County updates contract to clean valley floor at Camp Bonneville

Army provides $7.1 million to locate large amount of potential munitions at former base

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Chris Horne, Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Phone: (360) 397-2478
Chris.Horne@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA – The Board of County Commissioners agreed today to modify a contract for munitions cleanup in progress at Camp Bonneville, using an additional $7.1 million in federal funds.

Weston Solutions Inc. contracted in 2012 to complete subsurface clearing of the former military base’s central valley floor by the end of June 2014. However, the work has been more extensive than initially estimated and will now continue through April 2017.

Weston has cited difficult conditions with a large amount of metallic debris requiring a labor-intensive process to locate potential munitions underground.

Clark County accepted ownership of the 3,840-acre former military post in 2011 after the U.S. Army agreed to pay for cleanup. The site, about six miles north of Camas, contains munitions of explosive concern and other hazardous materials from 85 years of military training.

Federal funding agreements shield the county from financial responsibility for the cleanup. The county will need additional funding from the Army to complete all work at Camp Bonneville once Weston finishes its work.

Long-term plans call for a regional county park on part of the land.

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