Hermiston depot closure to be addressed at forum

HERMISTON -- A forum on the regional impacts of the closure of the Umatilla Army Depot is planned for Wednesday.

The last of the chemical weapons stored at the depot is scheduled to be destroyed in November. The forum will discuss effects on businesses, the economy and land use.

A panel for the forum will include representatives from the Army, the depot's Reuse Authority, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. An economist from Oregon State University also is scheduled to speak.

The Hermiston Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Team is conducting the forum. The two-hour meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Highway 395.