Walden Issues Statement in Response to Defense Department Decision Regarding Transfer of Chemical Weapons
Thursday, April 21, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) today issued the following statement in response to an announcement by the Department of Defense (DOD) that they will no longer consider interstate transport of chemical munitions for the purpose of demilitarization:
"I applaud the Defense Department's decision to no longer consider the potentially dangerous transport of chemical weapons between storage facilities. Removing this idea from the table is a responsible course of action protecting public safety and homeland security.
"These weapons are highly volatile and could cause tremendous damage as a result of chemical exposure following a traffic accident or terrorist attack. Allowing facilities currently without neutralization capabilities to move forward with the construction of destruction plants is the surest route to safety."
On March 30, a day after visiting the Umatilla Chemical Depot to tour the facility and meet with facility and community leaders, Walden announced his co-sponsorship of H.R. 416, legislation that would prevent the DOD from expending funds for the study of interstate transfer of chemical weapons. H.R. 416 is currently in the House Committee on Armed Services.