By Frank Lockwood

Staff writer

HERMISTON — Community leaders have started to express concerns lest anti-incineration groups succeed in stopping incineration of chemical weapons at Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.

The Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility is scheduled to light up natural-gas burners for testing today. On Thursday, Hermiston Mayor Bob Severson alluded to the Chemical Weapons Working Group, GASP, the Sierra Club and others involved in lawsuits in an attempt to stop incineration. The groups are attempting to have the facility’s permits revoked.

“I sure hope that nothing they do will be able to succeed in holding up this project,” Severson said.

Site Project Manager Don Barclay said Wednesday that the project is still on schedule according to the projections made earlier this year.

(For the full story please see the Feb. 19, 2002 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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