County hires new contractor to resume Camp Bonneville cleanup
Pete Capell, Public Works Director
Vancouver, WA – A new contractor is preparing to resume cleaning up Camp Bonneville, a former military training post about six miles north of Camas.
On Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners approved a $7.6 million agreement with Weston Solutions Inc. The international company operates from 60 locations, including Seattle and its headquarters in Pennsylvania.
Clark County sought a new contractor and accepted ownership of the 3,840-acre former military post in 2011 after the U.S. Army agreed to provide the funding for the next phase of the cleanup, with the understanding that additional funding will be needed to complete all work at the site.
The upcoming work involves removing munitions of explosive concern and other hazardous materials left over from 85 years of military training. Weston will clear Camp Bonneville’s central valley floor and complete a 50-acre pilot study on the property’s western slopes.
Weston will need to obtain approval from the Washington State Department of Ecology before beginning work. The corporation will have until June 2014 to complete the two tasks.
In 2006, Clark County approved an initial funding agreement with the Army that provided a fixed amount, $28 million, to clean up the property. The county sought additional funding when the nature and cost of the cleanup became far more extensive and expensive than initially estimated.
The county’s agreements with the Army continue to shield the county from financial responsibility for the cleanup.
Long term, the county expects to use a portion of Camp Bonneville as a regional park.