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Posted: Monday, November 26th, 2012 9:10 AM HST

Hawaii scientists study dumped chemical weapons

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) University of Hawaii scientists are studying chemical weapons the Army dumped in deep water off Oahu decades ago.

The Army-funded researchers said Friday they're sending submersibles to collect samples near munitions at depths of 600 feet or more.

The submersibles will gather sediment, water and biological samples near weapons and at control sites. They'll analyze the samples for explosives and chemical agents.

The military used the ocean as a dumping ground for munitions between 1919 and 1970. Records show the Army dumped 16,000 bombs five miles south of Pearl Harbor after World War II.

The Army plans to publicly release a report on the data, but doesn't expect the report will be ready before January 2015.

The study expands on research done in the same area a few years ago.

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