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Press Release
September 24, 2008
Oregon National Guard invites news media to the Restoration Project at Camp Withycombe
The Oregon Military Department, Environmental Branch will host interested media on site at Camp Withycombe located at 10101 SE Clackamas Road, Clackamas, Ore. on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, to witness the cleanup and restoration projects of the Firing Ranges. Interested media need to arrive at the front gate no later than 9:30 a.m. for a tour of the project sites. Please advise of interest as hard hats and safety vests will be required. Contact the Oregon Military Department, Public Affairs Office at 503-584-3917 or email at kay.f.fristad@mil.state.or.us, to confirm your attendance.

Integral to this process is the treatment of the excavated soil using gold mining equipment and former gold miners. Instead of mining for gold, they now can utilize the same equipment to mine for lead for soil remediation. The average age of the miners has averaged 65. The contractor for the Remediation Project is AMEC Earth and Environmental of Portland, Ore. and the Mining team is Bryce Environmental from Alaska. This process which uses dry and wet processing along with a chemical agent is the only one in use and this has proven to be the largest project to date.

The project which began on July 8 is advancing as planned and as of Sept. 20, 2008, the Oregon Army National Guard has processed 13,396 tons of soil and recovered 228.65 tons of bullets for recycling," states Jim Arnold, the Environmental Restoration Manager for the Oregon Military Department. Anticipated completion date is scheduled for early October.

Environmental cleanup efforts and restoration projects like this has garnered the Secretary of the Army's Award for Environmental Restoration for the Oregon Military Department, which is now nationally recognized for their cleanup efforts.

Camp Withycombe is an Oregon Military Department installation located near the southern slope of Mount Talbert in Clackamas, Ore. Soil at the former small arms firing ranges contain lead bullets associated with military and law enforcement fire arms training. The Military Department in coordination with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Department of Transportation is conducting an environment restoration project at the former ranges to remove lead bullets from range soil in order to protect human health and the environment. The restoration project will include:

Identification and removal or ordnance debris; Demolition of support buildings and concrete walls; Clearing and grubbing of project range areas (approximately ten acres); Excavation of range soil, approx. 22,000 cubic yards; Treatment of excavated range soil using soil washing and stabilization; Recycling of lead bullets; Filling of excavations using treated soil; Regrading of affected Mount Talbert hill slope; Planting of native vegetation and Restoration of wetlands.
Contact Info:
Kay Fristad
Capt. Stephen Bomar
503-584-3885 and cell 503 990-9508