SOLOMONS LOOKS INTO REMOVING FUEL OIL FROM SUNKEN WWII WARSHIPS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (April 2, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The Solomon Islands Government says it is seriously looking at the removal of fuel oil trapped in World War II Japanese and American war wrecks lying at the bottom of Iron Bottom Sound off north Guadalcanal.

Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza told Parliament in Honiara that his government had approached a number of agencies to undertake a study on the environmental impact of the project.

He said that a mapping and contamination risk assessment study conducted in 1999 had located eleven World War II wrecks.

But Sir Allan said the Solomon Islands did not have the sophisticated and very expensive technology to determine the amount of fuel still in the warships.

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