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Umatilla Chemical Depot wins PMI project of the year

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October 23, 2012 -

UMATILLA, Ore. - The Project Management Institute has named the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility the 2012 Project of the Year. 

Projects from around the world were considered, regardless of size or industry. PMI recognized at its annual awards ceremony last weekend, for superior performance and exemplary execution of project management.

PMI officials say they were particularly impressed with UMCDF's ability to complete the operations phase of the project more than 900 days ahead of schedule, and nearly $400 million dollars under budget. Another key attribute was UMCDF's outstanding safety record, surpassing six years and 10.7 million hours without a lost workday injury.

UMCDF was one of three finalists for the honor after being named the PMI Project of the Year for the Pacific Northwest Region.

In 2011, UMCDF completed its mission to destroy 220,604 chemical munitions containing 3,720 tons of deadly chemical agent. UMCDF has been in closure operations for nearly a year. Closure includes demolishing the areas of the plant where chemical agent was stored or processed, to eventually turn the land back to public use.