Military Seeks $21 Million to Clean Lead-Contaminated Armories

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Military Department is seeking $21.6 million from the federal government to clean up toxic armories around the state.

The Oregonian reported Wednesday that the money would go toward cleaning armories in Portland, Ashland, Backer City, Bend, Coos Bay, Eugene, McMinnville, Ontario, Pendleton and Salem.

The state’s request to the National Guard Bureau comes after an 18-month investigation by The Oregonian that revealed widespread lead dust problems in armories nationwide.

The 2016 investigation showed that state military leaders tried to cover up how long they knew about the problem and downplay its severity. The Oregon military has recently increased disclosure about its toxic armories.

In December, the National Guard Bureau, which oversees state units, said it would pay for armory cleanups, the first time it has made such a commitment.

SHARE

RELATED CONTENT

DA: Medford Man Legally Justified in Bend Shooting Body of Missing Fisherman Found on Oregon Beach Some Trails Still Closed After 2017 Wildfire Grants Pass Man Drowns in Rogue River Couple Rescued Off The Washington Coast Oregon Politicians Visit Federal Prison Where Immigrants Are Held
Comments