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Hawaii residents raise concerns about Marine Corps barrier

HONOLULU — A U.S. Marine Corps plan to install a steel barrier to protect part of a Honolulu training facility from beach erosion has raised concerns among neighbors and advocates.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that residents near Ewa Beach are seeking further study of the environmental impact of a proposed 1,500-foot (457-meter) barrier.

The Marines say modifications are needed at the Puuloa Range Training Facility to protect its training range shoreline from erosion.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz called on the Marines Tuesday to review the environmental impact of its plan to build the retaining wall.

A change.org petition signed by more than 1,100 people as of Tuesday seeks a thorough environmental impact statement analysis beyond the less robust environmental assessment already conducted.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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