HONOLULU (AP) - The Army plans to study the environmental effects of using underwater robots to remove munitions it dumped off Oahu's Waianae Coast decades ago.
The Army said Thursday it wants to identify all potential environmental impacts from any recovery operation using remotely operated underwater vehicles.
It also wants to give the public a chance to comment on the plan.
The service says it expects to finish the environmental assessment by December, meaning the contractor for the project wouldn't begin removing weapons until April or May.
Remotely operated vehicles haven't been used before to retrieve munitions disposed of at underwater sites.
Coral has also grown on some of the weapons, raising concerns that removing them could damage the reef.
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