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Colorado: U.S. Forest Service closes parts of Camp Hale after discovery of asbestos debris in the area

About 300 acres in the Camp Hale area are closed to human use pending a cleanup of asbestos-containing material.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leading a cleanup of contaminated sites; no word on completion date

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Parts of the Camp Hale area, on the White River National Forest between Minturn and Leadville, have been closed due to the discovery of  debris that contains potentially hazardous asbestos.

According to U.S. Forest Service Eagle/Holy Cross district ranger Dave Neely, the asbestos was first reported about a year ago by a visitor to the area familiar with the material. Neely said that individual reported tile-like debris that may have been part of the historic military installation in the area.

That individual reported the asbestos to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, who subsequently notified the Forest Service. Neely said further investigations in the area and consultation with the Corps and state health officials led to the closure orders. Continue reading

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