HERMISTON — GASP, a Hermiston environmental group, is among the nineteen who filed a National Environmental Protection Act lawsuit in Washington DC March 11, against the Department of Defense and the Army.

Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility is mentioned specifically. The suit alleges, among other things, that the Army failed to include the Oregon site in the Assembled Chemical Weapons Assessment Program's ACWA programmatic environmental impact statement. ACWA was the program the Army enlisted to seek out alternative technologies capable of supplementing or replacing incineration in destroying the chemical weapons stockpiles.

The nineteen groups allege eight violations that might have resulted in the Army failing to adequately assess the impacts from incineration compared with non-incineration alternatives or supplementary methods.

(For the full story, please see the upcoming, March 14, 2003, issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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