Judge orders updates on Makua Valley studies - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Judge orders updates on Makua Valley studies

WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) - A federal judge is ordering the Army to complete studies of impact to marine resources and cultural sites before any live-fire training can take place at Makua Valley.

No branch of the military has trained in Makua with live ammunition since 2004. The Army and its opponents have been embroiled in a decade-long legal dispute over how the military may use the valley.

Many Native Hawaiians consider the valley sacred.

Earthjustice said Thursday that the judge ordered the Army to report on progress of the studies.

Last year, the top U.S. Army commander in the Pacific told The Associated Press he would need to keep his options open on Makua in case the construction of new ranges at Schofield Barracks and Pohakuloa Training Area is delayed.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly