2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 11:07:12 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] EXPANSION: Judge rejects Pinon Canyon (CO) plan
Ranchers wait to hear what's next for Pinon Canyon

By COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press Writer
Denver Post (CO)
September 9, 2009

DENVER - Ranchers are waiting to hear what the Army will do next after a federal judge rejected its plans to increase operations at a training site in southeastern Colorado.

U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch ruled Tuesday that the Army's environmental review didn't adequately assess the effects of possibly increasing training to 365 days a year at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. He said the Army only vaguely described how the land would be used, and the decision to increase training was arbitrary because it relied on a flawed environmental review.

The Army uses the 238,000-acre site about four months a year, and has proposed expanding it by 100,000 acres to accommodate an increase in soldiers at Fort Carson. Matsch's ruling dealt only with the Army's plan to increase training on the existing site, including adding a live hand-grenade range, constructing a medical clinic and other support buildings, and upgrading roads.

Andrew Ames, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, which represented the Army in the case, said Matsch's opinion is being reviewed and no decision has been made about what to do next.


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