County hires new contractor to resume Camp Bonneville clean-up

A new contractor is preparing to resume cleaning up Camp Bonneville, a former military training post about six miles north of Camas. On Tuesday, the board of county commissioners approved a $7.6 million agreement with Weston Solutions, Inc. Clark County sought a new contractor and accepted ownership of the 3,840-acre former military post in 2011 after the U.S. Army agreed to provide the funding for the next phase of the clean-up. The upcoming work involves removing munitions of explosive concern and other hazardous materials left over from 85 years of military training. Weston will clear Camp Bonneville’s central valley floor and complete a 50-acre pilot study on the property’s western slopes. The corporation will have until June 2014 to complete the two tasks. The county’s agreements with the Army continue to shield the county from financial responsibility for the clean-up. The county expects to use a portion of Camp Bonneville as a regional park.