This page presents summary information about current activities, the project team, and the location of project information available to the public. Project documents available on this web site include information sheets about project activities, the Community Involvement Plan, Interim Risk Management Plan and other documents thought to be of interest to the public. Please check back periodically for any additions to this page.
The currently defined project area is located on approximately 200,000 acres (or about 312 square miles) of the White River and San Isabel National Forests. The project site is located in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Lake Counties, between the towns of Red Cliff and Leadville, and extends from the eastern side of the Tenmile Range to the Mount of the Holy Cross (see vicinity map, PDF - 697kb). For additional project site information, please see the History page of this web site.
The majority of the land within the Camp Hale boundaries is managed by the USDA Forest Service (Forest Service) and located in the White River, San Isabel, and Arapaho National Forests. There also are some small private land holdings within the various National Forests where Camp Hale is located.
The USACE completed an Inventory Project Report on April 6, 1998 which established Camp Hale as a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS). The Camp Hale project site is administered under the FUDS program, which was formed as part of the 1986 amendment to CERCLA and assigned to the Department of Defense. Following the Inventory Project Report, the USACE prepared an Archives Search Report that summarized the information known at that point about the site and included summaries from historical records, historical maps, real estate information, site visit information, and an evaluation of ordnance present on the site. A Preliminary Assessment was then performed in 2007 to review the areas of interest identified at Camp Hale and determine which, if any, posed a threat to human health and the environment. As areas were identified as needing additional investigation, a Site Inspection was done in 2008 to collect more information about the site through site visits and environmental samples. All of these activities have contributed to the current response activities being done.
As a result of conclusions reached in the Site Inspection Report (2008), the overall project area being investigated has decreased from approximately 200,000 acres (or about 312 square miles) to 101,116 acres of the White River and San Isabel National Forests. In addition, the number of areas of interest (AOIs) has decreased from 85 AOIs to 9 munitions response areas (MRAs) comprised of 64 AOIs.
Activities being conducted during summer 2011 include:
- Remedial Investigation (RI) work plan. A plan will be developed that outlines the future investigation and characterization efforts to be performed at the project MRAs and establish priorities and estimated costs to perform these efforts.
- Interim Risk Management Plan (IRMP) – finalization of the IRMP and implementation of identified interim measures.
- Updating and maintaining the project website
The following agencies and companies are involved in this project and their roles and responsibilities are as follows:
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE, Omaha District). The Omaha District has overall management, contractual, and funding responsibility. The USACE conducts the environmental cleanup work on former military land under the FUDS program.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Forest Service). Forest Service owns and manages the majority of the land within the Camp Hale FUDS boundary.
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). CDPHE is responsible for regulatory oversight for the State of Colorado.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). USEPA is the Federal regulatory agency.
- Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I;). CB&I; is a contractor to the USACE to support the munitions related investigation at Camp Hale.
- HDR Environmental Operations and Construction, Inc. (HDR). HDR is a contractor to the USACE to support the munitions related investigation at Camp Hale.
The Administrative Record (AR) is the collection of documents the Corps uses to make project-related decisions and is kept in a centralized location where the public can access, review, and copy documents related to a response action. A copy of the Camp Hale AR is available at the Lake County Public Library Information Repository (IR) and the AR Index is provided on the Project Documents page. The AR/IR is maintained throughout the project and is located at the following location:
Lake County Public Library
1115 Harrison Avenue
Leadville, CO 80461
Phone: (719) 486-0569
Hours: Mon. to Wed. 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
Tues. and Thurs. 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Fri., Sat., and Sun. 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm (Sept – May) Closed Sunday (June - August)
Visiting this project web site and the IR are two ways to be involved in this project. Other ways for the public to be involved in the project are to attend and participate in public meetings when they are advertised, and provide comments on project documents during the advertised public comment periods.