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News :: Environment : War and Militarism
U.S. Army Confirms Depleted Uranium in Hawai’i
18 Oct 2007
NEWS FLASH!!! Army Confirms Depleted Uranium at Pohakuloa on Hawai'i Island --- But it's not dangerous, so just move along folks... nothing to see here…is what the military says.
Partially burned uranium ammunition in Hawaii.jpg
Hundreds of burnt uranium spotting rounds were found on O'ahu and Hawai'i Island

"The manufacture and use of depleted uranium must stop. Like agent orange, before it! If DU radiation is blowing into the earth's atmosphere, we are all in BIG trouble." Says Hawai'i resident Shannon Rudolph during a public rebuttal to the Stryker Brigade build-up in Hawai'i.

Shannon Rudolph lives downwind from the U.S. Army's Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawai'i Island. She is in poor health and outraged because of the military's irresponsible plan to build up the Stryker Brigade in Hawaii. And the military's lack of commitment to clean up already confirmed contamination sites.

Hawaii already has:
• 798 military contamination sites at 108 installations in Hawai'i, 96 of which were contaminated with unexploded ordnance. (The 2004 Defense Environmental Restoration Program report to Congress)

• Seven of the military contamination sites were considered "Superfund" sites.

• Between 1964 and 1978, 4,843,000 gallons of low level radioactive waste were discharged into Pearl Harbor.

• 2,189 steel drums containing radioactive waste were dumped in an ocean disposal area 55 miles from Hawai'i.

• The military recently disclosed that from 1941 to 1972 it had dumped more than 8,000 tons of chemical munitions, including blistering agents mustard gas and lewisite, in the shallow seas off O'ahu island.

• Confirmed depleted uranium contamination on two live-fire training ranges
Are STILL waiting to be cleaned up by the military.

Please help us Protect Hawai'i. The U.S. Army DEIS comment deadline is Oct. 30, 2007
Send comments to PublicComments (at) aec.apgea.army.mil

Stop the Stryker Brigade build-up in Hawai'i. Clean-up all contaminated sites.
Please cc a copy of comments tenfingers10toes (at) protecthawaii.ws

Ms Rudolph's public comments are reprinted here with permission and submitted by Lindafaye Kroll RN BSN as follows…


NEWS FLASH!!! Army Confirms Depleted Uranium at Pohakuloa on Hawai'i Island

But it's not dangerous, so just move along folks... nothing to see here…is what the military says.

I'd like to add..... Hawaii residents and especially everyone downwind of any DU discovery wants the military to follow its own laws!

Everyone wants free, "REAL" DU testing for all residents! The thousand dollar test!!!

Everyone wants the military to follow is own laws to give medical care to anyone harmed ...and in regard to clean- up; close and pave Pohakuloa and every live fire range across the country that used DU!

Everyone wants to know why the cancer rates, birth defects, thyroid, immune and neurological problems are so high downwind! Why are feral cats sick on the western slopes of Mauna Kea? Why are hunters reporting a greatly increased amount of tumors in sheep and goats? Hawaii residents want an INDEPENDENT monitor, NOW!

Everyone in Hawaii wants the army to clean up the other 871 contaminated sites, and however many hundred the navy, has, too! AND they must pay for what they've done to Hawaii and the rest of the country!!!! (AND let the U.N. environmental team into Iraq to test and anywhere else we have contaminated, that they won't let in to test!)

WE SALUTE AND GIVE THANKS WITH DEEP GRATITUDE to Jim Albertini; Dr. Lorrin Pang; the Hawaiian cultural monitors; Kyle Kajihiro; Leuren Moret: Doug Rokke: David Henkin; Lindafaye Kroll; and the citizen monitors and ankle biters who have bitten into this issue and haven't let go! Spending THOUSANDS of their own money and HUGE amounts of time and humiliation to protect us all!!! You are my heroes!

AND the Department of Health, Radiation Dept., Harry Kim, Gov. Lingle, Representatives, and Senators, here and in D.C., owe the people of Hawaii a HUGE apology AND 100% backing of the residents from here on out to make 100% SURE, the military follows its own laws in regard to the horrendous mess that they've made for Hawaii residents! (And also, for the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Lebanon, whose land we have contaminated.)

Pohakuloa, Schofield Barracks and probably, Kaho'olawe and Makua are now contaminated FOREVER. FOREVER!!!

THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII DO NOT WANT THE MILITARY TO BE THE NUMBER 1 ECONOMIC ENGINE OF THE ALOHA STATE!!!!

WE DO NOT WANT THIS MORALLY AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FILTHY AND CORRUPT "BUSINESS" IN OUR STATE AT ALL!!!


POLITICIANS TAKE NOTE! (with few exceptions) YOU HAVE NOT PROTECTED US, YOU HAVE FAILED US! .MAYBE EVEN POISONED US!

YOU BET I'M MAD!!! (...and have weird health problems)

THIS WILL FOREVER BE YOUR LASTING LEGACY TO THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII. WAS IT WORTH ALL OF THOSE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ARMS DEALERS? SHAME!!!

THE MANUFACTURE AND USE OF DEPLETED URANIUM MUST STOP. LIKE AGENT ORANGE, BEFORE IT! IF DU RADIATION IS BLOWING INTO THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE.WE ARE ALL IN BIG TROUBLE.

Shannon Rudolph
Hawaii Island Resident

READ WHY the Stryker Brigade must not stay in Hawaii!

Ten Reasons to Oppose the Stryker Brigade in Hawaii
http://www.dmzhawaii.org/stop_stryker_hawaii.pdf

Army Regulation AR 700- 48: "Management of Equipment Contaminated With Depleted Uranium or Radioactive Commodities," Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., September 2002, Section 2-4 of United States Army Regulation 700-48 dated Sept. 16, 2002, specifies these requirements.
http://www.traprockpeace.org/du_pam_700-48.pdf

Hawaiian Islands Are Radioactive
http://www.indymedia.org/en/2007/10/893755.shtml

Depleted Uranium Contamination By Strykers In Hawaii
http://www.indymedia.org/it/2007/09/893176.shtml

No Peace in Paradise by Kyle Kajihiro
http://www.haleakalatimes.com/news/story2527.aspx

Death By Breath
http://www.indymedia.org/en/2007/10/893823.shtml

Hawaiian Islands Contaminated With Ballistic Uranium
http://www.rense.com/general78/hawa.htm

Army's Environmental Impact Statement for the Stryker Brigade Invasion of Hawaii:
http://www.sbct-seis.org/

Go to Protect Hawaii website:
http://www.protecthawaii.ws/

e-mail:: tenfingers10toes (at) protecthawaii.ws homepage:: http://www.protecthawaii.ws
See also:
http://www.protecthawaii.ws

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