Soldiers may fully use Oahu range this year

Published: Aug. 19, 2013 at 2:40 PM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Soldiers this year may be allowed to fully use an Oahu training range for Stryker armored vehicles that the Army has been working to build for years.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Army started on the $42 million Battle Area Complex project at Schofield Barracks in 2005.

But the service ran into several problems that delayed completion.

In 2006, depleted uranium from a 1960s nuclear weapons system unexpectedly cropped up during cleanup of unexploded ordnance.

A short while later, chemical weapons used during World War I were also found at the site.

Then, an unexploded ordnance removal crew bulldozed across a buffer protecting a heiau, pushing debris near the sensitive cultural site.

The live-fire range was built at the center of an old munitions impact area.

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