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Army finishes environmental study for live-fire range at Pohakuloa

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 7:31 p.m. HST, Apr 27, 2013

The Army has finished an environmental study on the proposed construction of a live-fire training facility at Pohakuloa Training Area.

The U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii study published Friday says soldiers would use the Infantry Platoon Battle Course to practice conducting raids, ambushes, reconnaissance and other work.

The Big Island facility would reduce a live-fire training location shortage for Hawaii-based units.

But the environmental study indicated construction could significantly affect cultural resources. In particular, it says human remains were discovered in a lava tube at one of two construction sites considered.

The Army says it won't build an urban terrain assault course and live-fire shoot house because of funding constraints.

The Army will decide what action to take after a 30-day public review period is finished in late May.

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