Washington, D.C. — The U.S. House voted on August 4, 2007, to appropriate $18 million recommended by Rep. Neil Abercrombie as part of the $459.6 billion 2008 Defense Appropriation Bill. The funds will allow work to begin on cleaning up tons of chemical munitions dumped offshore of Oahu at the end of World War II, and for military research and testing, including critical studies into the possible effects of naval sonar systems on whales and dolphins and the development of electronic systems to detect the presence of marine mammals in naval training areas.

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