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Alaska company to conduct site investigations

By Aenet Rowa MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Yokwe, Oct. 17, 2010) – In Marshall Islands, the Alaska native owned company, Sivuniq, announced last month that it has been tasked by the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command to help with environmental site investigations at nine locations on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

"The Army is putting forth a good faith effort to clean up spills, restore the sites and make them productive," said project manager Norm Straub.

Six decades of military operations have left contamination on the islands at the atoll, said the company newsletter.

Kwajalein is home to United States Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) and the premier missile facility, the Ronald Reagan Test Site (RTS).

Straub said that the initial visit was made in October 2009. Field work was to begin September 2010 and continue through January 2011, with project completion set for April.

There is a heavy emphasis on archeological resource protection since there are numerous artifacts still buried on the island.

"Sivuniq has been working with Colorado State University’s Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands to ensure the work is managed in accordance with Marshallese and installation historic preservation regulations governing cultural resource management," the E-News Bulletin.

According to Straub, "the Army wants clean closure on this facility. The Marshallese are not unlike Alaska Natives in that many of them still lead a subsistence lifestyle."

Sivuniq, part of the NANA family of companies, provides variety of services for other United States Army Space and Missile Defense projects including a contract for ongoing construction management, compliance and environmental restoration at over 50 individual sites at Fort Greely.

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