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Army obtains license for depleted uranium on Oahu, Big Isle

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:32 a.m. HST, Oct 25, 2013

HILO » The Army has obtained a license to possess depleted uranium at its Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island and for Schofield Barracks on Oahu.

The license was granted Wednesday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Army Garrison-Hawaii website says the military between 1960 and 1968 used 8-by-1-inch spotting rounds containing 6.7 ounces of depleted uranium alloy to identify the flight path of Davy Crockett warheads.

The weakly radioactive alloy was added to add weight to the spotting rounds.

Fragments were discovered six years ago.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the license requires the Army to follow a radiation safety plan for the installations.

Peace activist Jim Albertini says live fire should be stopped at Pohakuloa and all depleted uranium should be cleaned up.

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Slow wrote:
Yet another blessing from the military for the Hawaiian islands.
on October 25,2013 | 10:42AM
s_and_b wrote:
permanent solution (uranium) for farken fleeting needs...
on October 25,2013 | 10:51AM
Hugo wrote:
Aircraft repair shops use depleted uranium by the tons to balance control surfaces to eliminate dangerous "flutter". Lead takes up too much room so heavier DU is used. No license required for a totally inert substance. Hawaiian Air Lines possesses "dirty bomb material"? Uninformed cowards used to insist that my very large stash of DU be tested for danger to humans. Totally safe. My stash of glow-in-the dark emergency placards used in aircraft was far, far more dangerous than DU. That pesky tritium!
on October 25,2013 | 03:10PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Considering Davy Crockett was a tac-nuke missile, nobody should be the least bit surprised by this. Surprised, no. Outraged, yes.
on October 26,2013 | 05:32AM
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