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Umatilla depot construction/DOD

Umatilla depot construction/DOD

Something of a regional milestone: As of now, all the nerve gas and mustard gas stored at the Army’s Umatilla Chemical Depot are gone.

That’s no small amount. The base used to store 7.4 million pounds of the stuff; it’s hard to imagine how many people that could kill. (Put another way in another report: the gas destruction “construction site covers 33 acres, has eight separate buildings that, when complete, will house five incinerators and dispose of 220,599 weapons and 3,717 tons of deadly chemical agents.”

And it has been there a long time: It was created in 1941. It has gone into the physical and psychic Oregon landscape.

It is one of 11 depots around the country; the closest others are one in California and two in Utah.

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