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Engineers to clean up unexploded munitions on Big Island

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to remove explosives from areas of a former defense site on the northwest side of the Big Island.

West Hawaii Today reports the plan comes after the federal department of housing stopped issuing some communities grants and loan guarantees over unexploded munitions found in the area.

The effort deals with four Waikoloa Maneuver Area sites and is expected to cost $723 million and take 70 years to complete.

The public can comment on the plan until Aug. 14.

Project manager Walter Nagai says the agency can't guarantee the plan will remove all unexploded munitions on the island.

Educating children about what to do if they spot something that looks like an explosive is part of the corps' plan.

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