WWII-era bombs, ammo could be buried at Pt. Reyes

Point Reyes National Seashore, Calfornia (AP) July 2010

A government report indicates that World War II-era bombs and ammunition used in military training exercises may be buried beneath parts of the Point Reyes National Seashore.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report published this month found little danger from the old ordnance. But it cannot conduct necessary tests to know for sure until the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria approve digging on tribal sites.

About 10,550 acres of the Point Reyes peninsula were used for coastal artillery and U.S. Navy dive-bombing practice before becoming part of the federal park in 1962.

The corps wants to test soil from the site to see if Drakes Bay Range qualified for a federal clean-up and to identify possible explosives.

The tribe, park service and corps are meeting July 30 to discuss the plan.