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Army weighs step to limit Colorado training site

Official considers cancelling clearances need to expand site

PUEBLO, Colo. - An Army official says she will consider cancelling one of the clearances Fort Carson would need to expand a training site in southeastern Colorado.              

In 2007, the Army granted Fort Carson a waiver on a moratorium on land acquisitions. Assistant Army Secretary Katherine Hammack said Tuesday she will consider revoking the waiver. She said the review will take three to six months.               

She announced the review during a meeting in Pueblo with Sen. Mark Udall and community leaders.    

The Army has insisted it no longer plans to expand the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, and Congress has imposed a series of one-year bans on funding for expansion. But ranchers say the waiver makes their futures so uncertain that banks are sometimes reluctant to loan them money for fear the Army might take over their land.

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