Price For Depot Land?

Price For Depot Land?

UMATILLA, Ore. (AP) — Northeast Oregon leaders have been working the past few years under the assumption that the U.S. Army would dispose of the site of the former Umatilla Chemical Depot by giving it for free to a local development authority.

But the East Oregonian newspaper reports that leaders of the local authority say Army higher-ups now are thinking of gaining revenue when the land returns to civilian uses. The Army says it hasn’t made a decision.

A defense contractor finished incinerating chemical weapons at the depot in 2011, a treaty requirement. The site has been cleared.

The local plans are to use some land for a National Guard training facility, some for a wildlife preserve and the rest, sold or leased, for industry and agriculture.