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Army: Depleted uranium won't harm Big Island

HONOLULU (AP) - The Army says its tests show depleted uranium at Pohakuloa Training Area isn't likely to adversely affect people living and working at or near the Big Island base. The Army said Tuesday the presence of depleted uranium in the soil results in radiological doses, as well as chemical and radiological risks, that are well within the limits of what's considered safe.

The Army says it's going by standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Big Island peace activist Jim Albertini says the Army has repeatedly made unreliable depleted uranium safety claims based on questionable assumptions and scientific methodology. He criticized the Army for failing to conduct peer-reviewed studies.

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