H.R. 2330: Camp Hale Study Act

H.R. 2330

Camp Hale Study Act

Date
June 2, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 2330 on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 2330 was introduced on May 7, 2009, by Rep. Lamborn (R-CO) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which took no official action.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2330 would direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a resource study of Camp Hale, located in Colorado, to determine the feasibility of designating the Camp as a separate unit of the National Park System. The study could have no effect on any existing local, State, or Federal water rights. The Secretary would be required to report to Congress on the results of the study within three years of funds being made available to carry out the study.

Background

Camp Hale was established as a winter and mountain warfare training ground during World War II. The Camp is located in west-central Colorado, and provides trainees with several natural terrains which include large, flat valley bottoms surrounded by steep hillsides ideal for training in combat skiing, rock climbing, and cold climate survival. In addition to soldier training, the Army has used the Camp to test a variety of weapons and equipment and the Central Intelligence Agency used the Camp for covert training operations. As a result of the weapons testing conducted at the Camp, potentially hazardous munitions have been left in areas of Camp Hale. Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to safely remove and clean up these materials.

In 1966, Camp Hale was deactivated from military training use and control of the land was turned over to the Forest Service. In 1992, Camp Hale was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently part of the White River and San Isabel National Forests. Camp Hale website.

 

Cost

A CBO score for H.R. 2330 was not yet available.