Posts Tagged: UXO

Helicopter flyovers, unexploded ordnance and $20 million for APEC security

A few tidbits from the news… In the past week, I found myself having to yell on numerous occasions to be heard over the noise of increased Army helicopter flyovers.  This problem will worsen for Kane’ohe residents with the Marine Corps proposal to increase the number and types of aircraft stationed at the Marine Corps… Read more »

Army temporarily closes beaches to check for munitions hazards

Source: Army temporarily closes beaches to check for munitions hazards Posted: Feb 17, 2011 6:04 PM Thursday, February 17, 2011 11:04 PM EST Updated: Feb 17, 2011 6:04 PM Thursday, February 17, 2011 11:04 PM EST HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) Areas of Makua Beach and the Keawaula section of Kaena Point State Park will be temporarily… Read more »

Navy blows up projectile at Hapuna Beach

Honolulu Star Advertiser reports: “Navy today exploded a World War II 16-inch unfused projectile that was found in the waters off Hapuna Beach on the Big Island’s Kohala coast.” … “The Navy hasn’t been able to determine its age or origin” … “The southern half of Hapuna Beach had been closed since Monday while the… Read more »

Hapuna Beach shut down because of suspected ordnance

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported today: The state Department of Land and Natural Resources shut down Hapuna State Recreation area in Kona today after a county lifeguard spotted an object suspected of being unexploded ordnance. Army ordnance experts were called in to investigate the cylindrical metal object partially buried in the sand.  There is good… Read more »

Vision of clean Kahoolawe drives former field technician Vision of clean Kahoolawe drives former field technician By Michael Tsai POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 18, 2010 There were many in those early days of the restoration who arrived on Kahoolawe, surveyed the spent munitions blown across barren fields and felt the injury to the island as an injury to their own spirit…. Read more »

In Wai’anae: Army delays ‘Ordnance Reef’ study

Ordnance Reef study pushed back By William Cole POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2010 The Army said yesterday that it is delaying a $2.5 million study of grenades, bombs and other ordnance dumped in shallow water off Waianae that was scheduled for October because it first needs to do an environmental assessment. Conducting the… Read more »

‘Hero rats’: rodents detect landmines in Africa

Detecting landmines is dangerous, tedious work.  In Africa, rats, who possess a highly developed sense of smell, have been trained to sniff out the TNT. They are cheaper and better than dogs for this purpose.    Could rats also be trained to detect other kinds of explosives found in unexploded ordnance in Hawai’i?   With rats being… Read more »

Army will use robots to clear munitions from ‘Ordnance Reef’ Army enlists robots to clear munitions near Pokai Bay The Ordnance Reef project also will study the long-term effects on the area’s sea life By Gregg K. Kakesako POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 04, 2009 The Army will undertake an unprecedented $2.5 million underwater robotics demonstration project beginning in October designed to remove or… Read more »

Munitions clean up to begin at Maku’u Farm Lots

According to an article in the Honolulu Advertiser, the Army Corps of Engineers is beginning the clean up of munitions from the Maku’u Farm Lots in Puna.  The article states: The agricultural Puna subdivision, now leased by the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, was built over a 640-acre bombing range. During World War II,… Read more »

Environet Receives $70M Contract For Ordnance Removal

Another article on the Waikoloa ordnance clean up.  Senator Inouye calls it a “a big win-win”.  The clean up is a good thing. But these lands should not be destroyed and contaminated in the first place.   Why do the politicians continue to support military expansion plans that will result in more contamination and future clean… Read more »