Judge Denies Motion to Resume Live Fire Training in Makua

(KHNL)  The U.S. Army was dealt a blow in a federal court on Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway rejected the Army's request to allow live fire training in Makua Valley.

The Army wanted the court to amend a 2001 settlement that prohibited live fire exercises in the leeward Oahu site.

In denying the Army's motion, Judge Mollway said "the army failed to satisfy the law" by not completing an environmental impact statement in the specified time frame.

With about seven thousand Schofield Barracks soldiers preparing to deploy to Iraq this summer the Army says the training is vital.

The attorney representing the group Malama Makua says the Army has other areas to conduct live fire training, and it "should not be allowed to destroy the cultural and biological treasures" at Makua.