Lawsuit Filed Against Two Oregon Environmental Organizations
UMATILLA, Or.--The lawsuit is about secondary waste, not weapons themselves.
Secondary waste is considered protective suits, contaminated filters along with other by-products produced when bombs are incinerated at the Depot. Under a previous court ruling, both the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) were supposed to review the best available technologies in disposing of secondary wastes and mercury-contaminated mustard agent.
One woman with G.A.S.P, a non-profit organization focusing on public and environmental safety, says depot officials still haven't assessed potential health risks to the community.
"They still haven't completed an actual health risk assessment so until they complete that, I don't see how they can say there will be no harm to the local residents here," says Karyn Jones, President of G.A.S.P. They don't know."
"Protection of surrounding communities and the environment remains a very high priority for the Army's Chemical Weapons Disposal program," mentions Bruce Henrickson, Public Affairs, Chemical Weapons Depot. We care very much about our neighbors."
One of the proposed alternative methods listed in the lawsuit is water neutralization. This technique has been used at the Aberdeen Proving Ground facility in Maryland.