Latest DU news articles in Hawaii

Aloha Kakou!
 
Please send any DU information or forward this email to DU experts you think would be helpful.  It looks like we are dealing with apples and oranges here.
The military and Dept of Health appear to be only looking at extendal radiation as a
hazard and of course we are concerned about internal (inhaling) DU hazards. 
Below is our 5 point action plan which is open to revisions.  We are
already thinking we need to ask for a ban not only on all live-fire at PTA, Schofield Barracks, etc.
but anything that creates dust that could further disperse DU which may be beyond the impact areas of the firing ranges.  Military maps say "WARNING: ALL OF PTA IS A DUD HAZARD AREA!" therefore it may be a DU impact area and possibly a DU contaminated area.  Of course the DU contaminated area may extend far beyond the base where DU has been use because of particles carried by the winds.
Your feedback and resource assistance will be most appreciated.  Also check
out two front page news articles today in the Hawaii Tribune Herald
In my judgment the Army PR person who says in the above article that the DU material found does not pose a health danger out to be replaced by a more responible person.  At best that is a misleading statement if not another outright military lie.  `nough already.
Aloha.
Jim Albertini
Malu `Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box AB
`Ola`a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
email ja@interpac.net
www.malu-aina.org

RADIATION MONITORING
IN HAWAII!

     On Monday, August 20, 2007 the U.S. Army confirmed the presence of
depleted uranium (DU) at the
Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of Hawaii Island.
See http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/08/ap_hawaiiuranium_070821/  The DU
confirmation came
after years of the military denying its presence.  Citizen groups kept the
pressure on the military and began
doing their own radiation monitoring.

     DU is primarily U-238, the isotope of uranium that remains after the
fissionable isotope, U-235 has been
extracted from natural urarium ore.  DU has a half-life of 4.5 billion
years.  The military has used DU in spotting rounds for the Davy Crockett
nuclear weapon system and these spotting rounds have been fired at Schofield
Barracks on Oahu and at PTA on Hawaii Island, perhaps other firing ranges in
Hawaii and elsewhere too.  Other DU spotting rounds may have been fired.
Davy Crockett was just one of approximately 60 different kinds of U.S.
nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal   Training with a wide range of weapon
systems has taken place at PTA and other live-fire areas throughout Hawaii.
The Davy Crockett may just be the tip of a much larger radiation nightmare
for Hawaii residents and visitors alike   The military says it has no
records on the issue.  The U.S. used DU armor and bunker piercing weapons in
Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.  For more on DU weapons and its hazards
See http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18242.htm

     On Tuesday, May 29, 2007 a citizen radiation monitor recorded elevated
radiation readings at Mauna Kea State Park adjacent to the military's
Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of Hawaii Island.  The wind on
5/29 blew directly off the live-fire training areas at PTA and dust devils
of suspended topsoil were visible in the air.  The elevated radiation
readings were as high as 75 counts per minute when normal background is 5-20
counts per minute.  A number of private citizens are now doing radiation
monitoring on Hawaii Island.

     It should be noted that Hawaii Island already has a dubious distinction
of the nuclear age.  According to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, of 65
randomly selected worldwide soil samples tested for accumulation of
long-lasting plutonium radiation contamination from atmospheric nuclear
weapon testing, our Big Island soil ranked NUMBER ONE!   Plutonium is one of
the most potent carcinogenic substances known.  Less than one-millionth of a
gram is capable of producing cancer after close exposure.  Plutonium has a
half-life of 24,000 years, which means it is potentially toxic to humans for
at least a half million years.  As plutonium is concentrated in the
ecological food chain, people can absorb significant quantities.  It is
preferentially stored in the liver and bone marrow and can cross the
placenta into the unborn fetus. (To read the above AEC report see Nature
Magazine, Vol. 241, February 16, 1973.)

     It should also be noted that the Navy acknowledges discharging millions
of gallons of radioactive liquid waste into Pearl Harbor on Oahu and dumping
over two thousand 55-gallon steel drums of radioactive solid waste on the
ocean floor off Hawaii's shores.  What effects such pollution may have on
marine life and, in turn, the health and safety of Hawaii's people is simply
not clear.  But it is commonly accepted that there is no safe level of
radiation. (See the book "The Dark Side of Paradise" by Albertini, et. all
page 18.)

Military Clean-Up NOT Build-Up!

CITIZEN ACTION DEMANDS

1.  Immediate halt to all live-fire at Schofield Barracks, Pohakuloa and other
     military ranges in Hawaii until there is a complete assessment and clean up of
     the DU present.  Further live-fire could result in the spread of airborne DU
     particles which are particularly hazardous if inhaled.

2.  Citizen monitors, including Dr. Lorrin Pang MD, former attorney, OHA
     trustee, and nuclear worker Clarence Ku Ching, and Jim Albertini or some
     other representative from the peace movement to be involved in the DU
     assessment and monitoring process to assure transparency and community
     confidence.

3.  The establishment of permanent, continuous, high tech counts per minute
      (cpm) monitors (at the Army's expense) but independently operated
      around range impact area where the real-time data is available to the public on line.

4.  Testing (at Army expense) for DU exposure of PTA and other military
      personnel, and members of the civilian community who feel they may havebeen
      exposed to DU.  (The  U.S. is spending $2 billion a day on themilitary.
      There should be funds available to see if citizens are beingcontaminated by
      its own radioactive weapons.)

5.  Ongoing public balanced informational and Q & A meetings involving the
     Army, State Dept. of Health, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the
     Center for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. Lorrin Pang and other
     community resource people.

Military Clean-Up NOT Build Up!

Residents and visitors alike: Call Hawaii's elected officials to express
your support for the Citizens Action Demands.  Hawaii County Mayor, Harry
Kim 961-8211, Gov. Linda Lingle 974-6262, PTA Headquarters 969-2400.
Mahalo.

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

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