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Project Information

This page presents summary information about current activities, the project team, and the location of project information available to the public. Please check back periodically for any additions to this page. Project maps and documents thought to be of interest to the public are available on this web site. To view them click on the following link: Maps/Documents.

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. For additional project site information, click on the following link: Site History.

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.

Current Update
A Site Inspection (SI) was completed at Camp Hale in 2008. As a result of conclusions reached in the SI, the overall project area being investigated decreased from approximately 200,000 acres (or about 312 square miles) to approximately 101,116 acres (or about 158 square miles). Following completion of the Camp Hale Site Inspection (SI), Remedial Investigations (RIs) were conducted at each of the Munitions Response Sites (MRSs) listed below due to the presence of munitions and explosives of concern:

  • East Fork Valley Range Complex;
  • Eagle Valley North Range Complex;
  • Eagle Valley South Range Complex;
  • Homestake Valley Range Complex;
  • Chemical Training Area;
  • Ruby Gulch Range Complex;
  • Yoder Gulch Range Complex; and,
  • Tennessee Pass Range Complex.

To view a map of the MRS locations click on the following link: RI MRS Location Map.

RI fieldwork was completed for all of the RI MRSs by October 2014. As of July 2015 Final RI Reports have been issued for four of the MRSs: Ruby Gulch Range Complex MRS, East Fork Valley Range Complex MRS, Eagle Valley South Range Complex MRS, and Tennessee Pass Range Complex MRS. The Final FS Reports have been issued for the Ruby Gulch MRS and East Fork Valley MRS, and the Proposed Plan for East Fork Valley MRS is currently undergoing public review and comment. The remaining reports are in progress and will be issued in 2015 or 2016. To view the East Fork Valley Final FS Report and PP click on the following link:Maps/Documents.

Project Team

The following agencies and companies are involved in this project and their roles and responsibilities are as follows:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Administrative Record

The Administrative Record (AR) is the collection of documents the USACE 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. To view the AR Index click on the following link: Administrative Record Index. A copy of the Camp Hale AR is available in the Reference Section of the Lake County Public Library. The library location and hours are:

Lake County Public Library

Reference Section
1115 Harrison Avenue
Leadville, CO 80461
Phone: (719) 486-0569

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