What’s next worries leaders near Umatilla Depot



HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — The Umatilla Chemical Depot in Eastern Oregon is expected to finish its work destroying chemical weapons this fall.

Now, reports in The Oregonian newspaper in Portland and the East Oregonian in Pendleton say local leaders fear they may lose influence over what comes next.

They want the military’s base-closing process to govern reuse of the depot. The alternative is the government’s landlord, the General Services Administration.

That might upset plans laid out by a local committee that sets aside land for Oregon National Guard training, U.S. Fish and Wildlife sanctuaries and economic development.

Members of Oregon’s congressional delegation have asked the Pentagon to keep the military in charge.

The depot was created to store World War II munitions. It’s been incinerating chemical weapons since 2004.