Public may comment on Molokai munitions cleanup

Public may comment on Molokai munitions cleanup

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on a plan to remove unexploded ordnance from a World War II bombing range on Molokai's Kalaupapa peninsula.

The Maui News reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is finalizing a proposed munitions cleanup plan for the 937-acre site. Officials say the military used the area for aerial bombing, rockets and gunnery practice from 1942 to 1945.

The public will have 30 days to comment.

Kalaupapa is home to a handful of Hansen's disease patients and some threatened or endangered species.

Officials say the cleanup would likely be completed within five years. It's not clear when the cleanup would begin.

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