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Navy Moves To Close One Of The Channel Islands To Public For Assessement Of Potential Risk From Old Military Ordnance

Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 11:02am

One of the Channel Islands has been closed to the public indefinitely, because of concern there way be unexploded military ordnance dating back to World War Two on the island.

The Navy used San Miguel Island as part of a bombing range during, and after the war.

The Navy, which owns the island, asked the National Park Service to make the closure while it conducts a risk assessment, and if necessary a cleanup of the island.

The Park Service wants to develop more visitor facilities on the islands, and Navy officials say they want to insure it’s safe.

The 9300 acre island is the westernmost of the Channel Islands, and is about eight miles long, and three miles wide.

The Park Service says the island gets about a thousand visitors a year.

There is a ranger station, a research station, and airstrips on the island.

Navy officials say it’s unlikely that the island will reopen to the public this year.

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