Is radiation Blowing over Hawaii Island June 1, 2007 Peace Vigil leaflet

Is Radiation Blowing in the Wind

Over Hawaii Island?

 

     On Tuesday, May 29th there was a two hour protest against Senators Inouye and Akaka' s recent pro $120 billion war funding vote, and ongoing military desecration and contamination at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA).  The protest took place at Mauna Kea Park during the opening ceremony of the 6.5 miles of the newly named Ala Mauna Saddle Road that facilitates more live-fire training at PTA.  During the protest, a citizen radiation monitor recorded elevated radiation readings of 36 and 45 counts per minute (CPM).  The maker of the monitor, Gammascout, says readings over .5 Becquerel or 30 cpm are considered elevated and point to another source of radiation above background.    The wind on 5/29 blew directly off the live fire training areas of Pohakuloa, and dust devils visibly suspended topsoil in the air.

 

     On April 23, 2007 in south Kona another citizen radiation monitor recorded 93 cpm during live-fire Stryker training at PTA.  That event made the KITV news.  See (http://youtube.com/watch?v=L94IUSw54pQ)  Following the Kona radiation reading and confirmation of extensive radiation contamination at Schofield Barracks on Oahu, which was exposed by citizen watchdog groups, the Army now says that Pohakuloa may have radioactive contamination as well since similar and expanded training takes place at PTA.  Up to 14.8 million live-rounds are fired annually at PTA.  The Army intends to do radiological monitoring at PTA this summer.  But having the Army do the monitoring is like having the mongoose monitor the chicken coup.

    PTA consists of 134,000 – acres.  That's more than 4 times the size of Kaho`olawe.   On Hawaii Island alone, there are 57 known present and former military sites in need of clean up.  Many of these sites have been left in hazardous condition for decades.  Where are all the Civil Defense and other government radiation monitors to be brought out in the aftermath of a nuclear war?  Shouldn't they be brought out NOW and citizen volunteers trained and certified to use them to monitor and document contamination that may be taking place in our midst?  Military beware: little brothers and sisters are watching you!

Military Clean-up NOT Build-up!

     1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, etc. 5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

 

Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB `Ola`a (Kurtistown),

Hawai`i   96760. Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@interpac.net   http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil (June 1, 2007 –  298th week) –Friday 3:30 - 5PM downtown Post Office.

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