By Frank Lockwood

Staff writer

HERMISTON — Umatilla Chemical Depot watchers say the so-called “chop and burn” technology, applied for in Alabama, is likely to show up in Hermiston as well.

The Army’s revised schedule date of 2009 is said to depend upon the chop and burn technology. Chemical Weapons Working Group, a watchdog organization, says the approach is bad, though the Army disagrees. Both cite the National Research Council to defend their views. In the end, Congress may decide.

“I would bet the farm they will be submitting the same type of modification in Oregon in the near future,” said Craig Williams of Chemical Weapons Working Group, out of Kentucky.

The topic has come up in informal conversations, a Hermiston DEQ representative acknowledged last week.

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