Fines Levied on Umatilla Cleanup Firm

State regulators in Oregon have proposed $35,000 in fines against a company responsible for incinerating chemical weapons. The Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility, located in Eastern Oregon, was specifically designed to destroy chemical weapons stored at the Umatilla Chemical Depot. The weapons stored there include nerve agent and mustard agent.

Thirty tons of waste contaminated by mustard agent has been stored in a concrete igloo not properly retrofitted with vent closures, drains plugs, gasket seals, and sampling ports, are among the violations cited by the Department of Environmental Quality. Despite the violations, the agency maintains that no hazardous substances have been released. The company has further agreed to pay nearly $150,000 in fines since December 2009. April is the deadline for the cleanup company to appeal the latest fines levied against them.