Pinon Canyon Expansion Opponents Outline Arguments

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DENVER (AP) -- Opponents of a plan to expand the Army's Pinon Canyon training site contend the Army hasn't fully considered the environmental impacts of increasing training there.

Not 1 More Acre! and others suing the Army outlined their arguments in a brief filed last week in U.S. District Court in Denver.

They filed a lawsuit in April asking a judge to make sure the Army complies with the National Environmental Policy Act before making changes at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site.

The plaintiffs contend the Army violated the act by failing to fully consider reasonable alternatives to its plan to increase the frequency, duration and intensity of training at Pinon Canyon in southeastern Colorado.

They also claim the Army didn't include proposals to physically expand the training site when it wrote an environmental impact statement on the effects of increasing training.

The Army has said plans to boost training are separate from plans to increase the size of the training site.

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