Chemical Warfare: Bureaucratic Infighting Cripples Public Safety Effort
Zaitz, Les, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal
Mike McCullough, a veteran Oregon State Police lieutenant, was troubled.
For two weeks, he worked in a new assignment to run a program to protect Eastern Oregonians from deadly chemical weapons stored at a U.S. Army depot.
The program - the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program - had struggled in Oregon for a decade. Government agencies had chewed through $50 million and still couldn't protect people.
McCullough decided only bold action would jolt slumbering bureaucrats into action.
In August 2000, McCullough shocked many of his colleagues by resigning.
"I hope every elected official …
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Publication information: Article title: Chemical Warfare: Bureaucratic Infighting Cripples Public Safety Effort. Contributors: Zaitz, Les - Author. Magazine title: Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal. Volume: 25. Issue: 4 Publication date: July/August 2002. Page number: 20+. © Investigative Reporters & Editors Nov/Dec 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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