14 Feb 2008

US says no environmental threat from bombs used in practice over Kwajalein this weekend

7:22 pm on 14 February 2008

U.S. Air Force bombers will conduct their second target practice in as many months at a missile testing range in the western Pacific this week.

Aircrews flying planes from Anderson Air Force Base in Guam are scheduled to conduct what the Air Force describes as ordinance delivery procedures at the Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll, using inert weapons.

Kwajalein was developed in the early 1960s as a missile-testing base, where most of the ballistic missiles in the U.S. arsenal, including missile defense technology, have been field-tested.

But the Air Force practicing bombardment is a new development, according to U.S. and Marshall Islands government officials in Majuro.

Foreign Minister Tony deBrum is calling for an explanation about the environmental impacts of this testing.

An Air Force statement says the air-to-surface weapons are nothing more than steel casings filled with concrete and contain no hazardous material.