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Oregon Counties Consider Weapon Facility’s Fate


Officials from Umatilla and Morrow counties are weighing what to do with a former storage facility for deadly chemical weapons, according to the Hermiston Herald

The U.S. Army opened the Umatilla Chemical Depot in 1941.  

The facility was used to both store and destroy ammunition and chemical weapons until 2011.  

County planning commissioners say the facility could be used as a training ground for the U.S. National Guard, or a wildlife refuge.

The American Red Cross also has expressed interest in storing supplies at the facility.

Morrow County Planning Director Carla McLane says definite plans should come in the next 18 months. 

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