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Corps will host public meeting for two formerly used defense sites

Published June 30, 2016

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the Cochise County community to a public meeting to learn about the recent remedial investigation of two World War II-era military training areas known as Charleston Maneuver Area and Artillery, Mortar Ranges and Maneuver Area. Both formerly used defense site projects are located within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.

The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 20, at 6 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express, 1902 South Highway 92, in Sierra Vista. During the meeting, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives will present the findings of a recent investigation of military munitions and proposed alternatives for environmental remediation at the former Fort Huachuca Charleston Maneuver Area and Artillery, Mortar Ranges and Maneuver Area. 

The purpose of the investigation was to identify the type, characteristics and extent of military munitions that may remain on the sites. The results of the investigation and previous site visits were then used to develop remedial alternatives designed to protect human health and the environment from hazards associated with remaining munitions.

Since military munitions may still be present in the former training areas, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encourages visitors to follow the 3Rs of Explosives Safety: Recognize that you may have encountered a munition and that munitions are dangerous; Retreat from the area without touching or picking up the item; and Report what you found to the Bureau of Land Management or local law enforcement.

For more information about the public information meeting or the investigation activities, please contact Dave Palmer, public affairs specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, at 602-230-6990 or

Dave Palmer

Release no. 16-024