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UXO also found on Managaha

AS a precautionary measure, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality will be inviting an unexploded ordnance or UXO expert to assist in the Managaha drum cleanup project, BECQ Administrator Frank Rabauliman told Variety in an interview.

Since November, BECQ has been conducting a cleanup of buried drums and batteries on the famous tourist spot.

The discovery of mounds and buried drums was first reported by the Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Historical Preservation Office during a survey of the Shearwater bird breeding ground in 2010.

The Division of Environmental Quality was notified and, in a preliminary inspection, discovered that there were eight other mounds mostly located on the southeastern side of the island.

“In the process, the contractor discovered a spent shell. It was speculated that there were drums filled with soil to barricade something,” Rabauliman said.

In the interests of safety, he said BECQ ceased the cleanup at the site where the UXO was found but has continued cleaning up the site where batteries were located.

“They completed the cleanup in the area where they saw batteries but as a precautionary measure they want to make sure to bring in the expert who knows how to deal with unexploded ordnance. They want to make sure a UXO expert is at the site,” Raauliman said.

He added, “It might be a storage area for UXO. Nobody knows. We’ll just have to wait for the expert.”

BECQ assures the public that Managaha is still safe for visitors and local residents alike.

BECQ has awarded a $60,000 contract to MegAnnum for the cleanup project which will resume in January.