Posts Tagged: UXO

$70 million awarded for Waikoloa ordnance cleanup

Source:$70+million+contract+awarded+for+Big+Island+ordnance+removal+ Updated at 9:18 a.m., Wednesday, September 23, 2009 $70 million contract awarded for Big Island ordnance removal By Jason Armstrong West Hawaii Today A Honolulu company will be paid $70 million to remove more unexploded artillery shells, grenades and other World War II ordnance from old training sites near Waimea on the Big… Read more »

New Battle on Vieques

New Battle on Vieques, Over Navy’s Cleanup of Munitions By MIREYA NAVARRO Published: August 6, 2009 VIEQUES, P.R. – The United States Navy ceased military training operations on this small island in 2003, and windows no longer rattle from the shelling from ships and air-to-ground bombings. Gone are the protests that drew celebrities like Benicio… Read more »

Main Charge Disruptor

This manual was posted on wikileaks. It explains procedures for disposing of unexploded ordnance using shaped charge Main Charge Disruptor that is designed to penetrate the ordnance and burn out the explosive material with minimal detonation. This means that they could use this method to minimize dispersal of contaminated soil or damage to sites. Are… Read more »

Army lists 22 Makua cleanup areas

Posted on: Saturday, June 13, 2009 Army lists Makua cleanup areas Ordnance removal at 22 cultural sites will increase access By Will Hoover Advertiser Staff Writer The Army yesterday released a final list of 22 cultural sites on Makua Military Reservation deemed “high priority” for clearance of unexploded ordnance. The purpose of removing potentially dangerous… Read more »

Undersea bombs threaten marine life

updated 1:16 p.m. EST, Thu February 26, 2009 Undersea bombs threaten marine life By Azadeh Ansari CNN (CNN) — Beyond the golden beaches and beneath the blue waters of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques is a site that resembles more of a munitions graveyard than a Caribbean paradise. Hundreds of corroding and unexploded bombs… Read more »

Vieques underwater ordnance leaking carcinogenic toxins

The study cited below looked at contamination from deteriorating underwater munitions in the sea around Vieques, Puerto Rico.  There are also thousands of tons of unexploded munitions, including chemical weapons, in the waters surrounding Hawai’i.  James Porter, the researcher from the University of Georgia, will be presenting his findings at an international conference on underwater… Read more »

Army must let Kanaka Maoli indentify priority clean up sites

Army Must Let Hawaiians Select Sites for Explosives Removal HONOLULU, Hawaii, January 27, 2009 (ENS) – The U.S. Army must “provide meaningful opportunities” for the people of west Oahu to “participate in identifying and prioritizing” cultural sites to be cleared of explosives on a military reservation in a valley sacred to the Hawaiian people, a… Read more »

Unexploded munitions removed from Manana January 10, 2009 Munitions removed from Rabbit Island Advertiser Staff A crew of wildlife and mammal experts along with ordnance disposal specialists from state and federal agencies removed four unexploded artillery shells on Friday that were found on Manana (Rabbit) Island last month. The ordnance is deemed hazardous to the island’s natural resources and… Read more »

Unexploded Ordnance removed from Kaua’i yard

Ordnance is removed from yard HANAMAULU, Kauai » An old, unexploded piece of ordnance sat in a front yard for decades before an elderly woman turned it over to police last week, Kauai officials said. On Dec. 8, Kauai police received a call for assistance Monday from a woman who wanted to remove a large… Read more »

Washed Ashore

Washed ashore Keith Bettinger Apr 11, 2007 It’s a refrain that has become frighteningly familiar: Relics of a long forgotten military operation turn up where they aren’t supposed to be, causing alarm in the community. An often frustrating and fruitless quest for answers follows, further straining the relationship between the civilian population of Hawai’i and… Read more »