Hawaii scientists return to ocean for weapon study
HONOLULU (AP) - University of Hawaii scientists are embarking on an expedition to deep waters off Oahu to study how chemical weapons dumped in the ocean decades ago are affecting seawater, marine life and sediment.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the research vessel Kilo Moana will leave port Wednesday. It will deploy a remotely operated vehicle at a dump site 5 to 10 miles south of Pearl Harbor.
The vehicle is equipped with high-resolution video gear and a device that tests for chemicals.
It's the latest trip for University of Hawaii researchers studying chemical weapons the military disposed of in the ocean.
Earlier studies of sediment samples collected less than 6 feet from suspected chemical munitions in deep water off Oahu revealed very low levels of mustard.
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