US ARMY CAMP BONNEVILLE

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AUGUST 15, 2017-SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Public comment period open through September 18, 2017. Ecology invites the public to comment on proposed changes to cleanup plans for the Camp Bonneville Military Reservation site for

  • The Cleanup Action Plan addendum for Remedial Action Unit 2A (areas 16 and 21), Small Arms Ranges to address lead contamination in soils, and
  • Amending the Cleanup Action Plan for Remedial Action Unit 3, Central Impact Target Area to address munitions removal in soils.

Select the link in the table below for RAU 2A or RAU 3 for more information about these proposed changes and how to submit comments. Written comments may be submitted through the online comment form.


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SITE DESCRIPTION

The Camp Bonneville Military Reservation Site (Camp Bonneville) is approximately 4,000 acres in size, including 800 acres of state-owned land. Camp Bonneville is located five miles from the Vancouver City limits in Clark County, Washington, and 15 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. The Site borders both sides of Lacamas Creek and is seven miles north of the Columbia River. Over half of the Site is forested land.
The Department of Defense (DOD) owned and operated Camp Bonneville for firing range practice and training from 1910 to 1995. During that time, military ammunitions were stored and/or used at the Site including artillery ammunition, mortar ammunition, air-launched rockets, shoulder-fired rockets, guided missiles, bombs, land mines, practice grenades, fuzes, and small arms ammunition.
The camp was officially closed in 1995. Since then, investigations have been ongoing to characterize the contamination from the ammunitions and other hazardous substances, clean up the Site, and to develop a plan for re-using the Site once it is cleaned up. Contaminants identified at the Site include: unexploded ordnance, explosive compounds, lead, petroleum products, pesticides and volatile organic compounds in the soil, and perchlorate and explosive chemicals in the groundwater.
For cleanup purposes, Camp Bonneville has been divided into five remedial action units (RAU).  These units are primarily grouped by the nature of the particular release, not by physical boundaries.
Many of the electronic documents pertaining to the site can be found under the "View Electronic Documents" link located on the right column of the page. Copies of these and other printed documents can be found at the document repository locations listed in the right hand information bar. Information about the specific RAUs can also be found by clicking on the links that follow:

 RAU

 Cleanup
 Site ID

 Description

Cleanup Status

RAU -1
Hazardous
Waste
 1513 Consists of 20 areas where
hazardous substances (other  than military ammuntion) have been found.
Complete.
 RAU - 2A
(Small Arms Ranges)
 3867 Covers lead contamination at 21 small arms ranges. In progress. Cleanup work remains at two of the small arms ranges
RAU - 2B
Munitions Disposal Areas
 2522

Consists of explosive chemical contamination at two demolition areas (demolition areas 2 and 3) where ammunitions were either burned or detonated.

Complete.
RAU - 2C Munitions Disposal Area/Solid Waste  861 Covers explosive chemicals and perchlorate contamination at a landfill area that was also used to burn or detonate ammuntion including Demolition Area 1/Landfill 4. In progress. The soil removal action is complete, groundwater investigations and monitoring continues.
RAU - 3
Unexploded Ordnance and munitions
 2216 Includes the entire site where unexploded ordnance and munitions are located. In progress. The soil removal action is complete, groundwater investigations and monitoring continues.


SITE STATUS

From February 2003 to October 2006, the US Army conducted investigations and cleanup actions at Camp Bonneville under an Enforcement Order issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). In October 2006, the US Army transferred the Camp Bonneville deed to Clark County. Clark County and the Bonneville Conservation Restoration and Renewal Team (BCRRT), the conservation non-profit property owner, entered into a Prospective Purchaser Consent Decree (Decree) with the State of Washington. BCCRT has completed its work on the Site and future work will be conducted by other contractors. Ecology and Clark County are coordinating future cleanup, funding, and legal activities with the US Army.
An Amended Prospective Purchaser Consent Decree with Clark County was provided for public review and comment in October 2011 and entered into Clark County Superior Court May 2012.   The Decree outlines the investigation and cleanup actions, and provides the legal framework and assurances that the project will be completed as planned for the entire Site. Information about this Decree is available on this website and at the information center located at the WSU Vancouver Library.

In August 2017, Ecology proposed changes to cleanup actions for RAU 2A and RAU 3:

  • The Cleanup Action Plan addendum for Remedial Action Unit 2A (areas 16 and 21), Small Arms Ranges to address lead contamination in soils, and
  • Amending the Cleanup Action Plan for Remedial Action Unit 3, Central Impact Target Area to address munitions removal in soils.


SITE DOCUMENTS




ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

Map showing site location as Clark County, WA SITE INFORMATION

Map

View Electronic Documents

Site Summary Report

Facility Site ID: # 69965472

Cleanup Site ID: 11670

Location:
Vancouver, Clark County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Contacts:
Ben Forson
Site Manager
(360) 407-7227

Ronnie Johnson
Technical Coordinator
(360) 407-6487


Document Repositories:

Headquarters
300 Desmond Dr SE
Lacey, 98503
(360)407-7224