Our Voice: Thumbs up to public input and down to changing prices

Inventory control

Big projects are always complex. The work the federal government is doing at Hanford is no exception. It has lots of moving parts.

We understand there is difficulty in keeping track of it all.

What we don’t understand it that — depsite the difficulty — an accurate inventory was not being kept.

We do not understand a 70 percent failure rate for inventory accuracy in a report released by the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General earlier this month.

The inventory is part of the contract between the Washington River Protection Solutions and the Department of Energy. WRPS has an obligation to meet that contract and DOE has the burden of oversight to make sure it happens.

Land for sale

To the possibility of the Army changing it’s land transfer policy near Hermiston.

For the past 20 years, the parties that make up the Columbia Development Authority in northeast Oregeon have been working toward a land transfer agreement. It was supposed to happen mid-2015. At stake are some of the 20,000 acres of the Umatilla Chemical Depot.

The work of incinerating munitions and chemical agents that were stored at the depot was completed in 2011. The land is supposed to be given to the Columbia Development Authority later this year. Now there’s rumor that the Army is looking to sell the land, rather than gift it.

We would hate to see them go back on a 20-year-old promise.

Idea time

To a group discussion.

Few people know there is a problem with shoreline erosion at Clover Island. And few of those who are aware of the problem can offer ideas about a solution.

But some people will have expertise in that field.

We have a lot of smart people in the Mid-Columbia. We’re glad to see the opportunity for public input, especially on problems that will be addressed with public money.

We expect some good ideas to come from the comment period. We also expect that people will be learning a little more about the challenges of keeping fish and people happy — and why the Corps of Engineers and the Port of Kennewick will be spending money on it.

At the very least, it’s an educational process.

Let ‘em roll

To a smooth — we hope — transition from racing cars to making wine.

West Richland and the Port of Kennewick have laid the groundwork for a green flag to turn what used to be Tri-City Raceway into a wine-production complex.

The city has added the land to its urban growth area and is pegged to be annexed in to West Richland.

It’s a great next step in the vision for the Red Mountain area.