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first_imgThe Washington Department of Ecology is proposing to change its cleanup plans at the Camp Bonneville Military Reservation site and it wants to know what the public has to say about it. The camp, which is five miles northeast of Vancouver, is a nearly 4,000-acre forested site that was once owned by the U.S. Army and leased from the Department of Natural Resources. The site operated as a training ground for soldiers from the time it opened in 1910 until military operations ceased in 1995. Countless soldiers were trained on how to handle everything from firearms, grenades and artillery rounds over more than 80 years left a legacy of environmental contamination, munition fragments and potentially dangerous unexploded ordinances around the property. As of a year ago, $23.28 million had been budgeted on cleanup efforts at the former installation, though that amount is expected to keep climbing. The cleanup is being funded by the Army, not Clark County.And although the camp is years away from being open to the public, select areas of it are frequently used by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigations for weapons training.last_img read more

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