Old munitions affecting Big Island federal housing programs

Old munitions affecting Big Island federal housing programs

HONOLULU (AP) - Two federal assistance programs are holding up money for Native Hawaiian housing on parts of Hawaii Island because of unexploded World War II bombs and other munitions that have not been cleaned up.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the freeze is affecting a $2 million grant for infrastructure work at a Hawaiian homestead development in Waimea.

Also, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has stopped issuing loan guarantees in the affected areas.

Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders' Association President Michael Hodson calls it a major concern.

Five homestead communities are within two sections of the Big Island contaminated with old munitions.

The two sections cover about 100,000 acres and that were used for military training exercises during World War II.

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