State allows depot to up processing rate

HERMISTON -- The state of Oregon has agreed to allow the incineration facility at the Umatilla Chemical Depot to increase its processing rate from 75 percent to 100 percent.

At the increased rate, the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility should be able to destroy the remaining 1,200 tons of chemical warfare agent within a year, said Gary Anderson, Army site project manager for the plant, in a statement. Nerve agent stored at the depot already has been destroyed and all that remains is chemical mustard agent.

Work began in June 2009 to destroy the mustard agent. The United States is required by treaty to have the chemical agent destroyed by April 29, 2012.