Army to Dispose of Pueblo Depot Using BRAC Process
Excess property at the Pueblo Chemical Depot will be disposed of according to the BRAC process the Army confirmed this week, bringing certainty to an issue that had left community leaders increasingly anxious in recent years.
The status of the site, which was realigned following the 1988 base closure round, had come into question after the Pueblo Depot Activity Development Authority received mixed signals from the Army as to whether the Colorado facility’s disposal would continue to be governed by the BRAC statute. At one point the authority had been told that BRAC rules would not apply since the Army had failed to dispose of the installation within six years after it was placed on the BRAC list, reported the Pueblo Chieftain.
The decision is a critical one as it affords the community input on how excess property will be redeveloped and allows the development authority to qualify for assistance from the Office of Economic Adjustment. The decision also increases the potential for some of the depot’s thousands of acres of surplus property to be used by Fort Carson to help accommodate a new combat aviation brigade slated to arrive in 2013, the Chieftain previously reported.
The depot is not expected to finish destroying the chemical weapons stored there for at least six years.