University of Hawaii scientists to investigate munitions at sea

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The University of Hawaii will begin investigating previously-found munitions at sea Saturday.

This is just the latest in the university’s effort to clean up military weapons. In 2007, UH was awarded money to conduct the Hawaii Undersea Military Munitions Assessment in response to KHON2’s Buried at Sea series, which uncovered the dumping of thousands of military munitions decades ago just off the Waianae coast.

The assessment found other locations where munitions were dumped off Pearl Harbor.

“Specifically, we’re looking for mustard agent,” said UH-Manoa scientist Margo Edwards. “The message that I want to get out is the fact that we are detecting mustard in the sediments about two meters around these munitions.”

Mustard gas is a blistering agent used in chemical warfare.

The upcoming expedition will look at whether the disposed materials pose a threat to human health and the environment.

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