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Malu `Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box AB
`Ola`a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760
Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box AB Ola`a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 email email@example.com www.malu-aina.org
AN OPEN LETTER TO COUNTY OF HAWAII MAYOR HARRY KIM
Aloha Mayor Kim: March 3, 2008
This is an urgent appeal for you to take immediate action to stop the spread of radiation contamination at the military's 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of Hawaii Island. You are aware that on August 20, 2007, the Army confirmed the presence of radiation from weapons training at PTA. Presently, the full extent of the contamination is not known due to the massive size of the range, incomplete testing, and poor record-keeping by the military. Given the fact that all branches of the military have trained at PTA for more than 50 years, the history of the military lying on such things as secret nerve-gas testing in the Hilo watershed, and stonewalling other public concerns in Hawaii, it is reasonable to believe that the extent of radiation contamination at PTA is far more than we are being told.
Currently, live-fire training by 2,000 Marines is taking place at PTA, including the use of big cannons. More live-fire training by the U.S. Army is planned following the Marines' training. Such actions risk spreading the radiation contamination at PTA.
We urge you to speak out publicly and urge other elected officials and political candidates to join you in calling for the following action: All live-fire and aerial bombings of the entire Pohakuloa range should be immediately stopped until a thorough, objective and independent survey has been funded (via the military budget) and completed, in order to assure real public safety.
Hawaii, is a rare jewel of the planet, a true paradise on earth, of unmatched natural beauty. And now it is being poisoned. Mayor Kim, this is your day in the sun. Please do the right thing for the people of Hawaii and for all the world. Speak out to stop this reckless endangering by the U.S. military. Some scientists say that radiation contamination is one of the major issues of our lifetime, one of the greatest challenges facing civilization today.
We look forward to your positive actions. Mahalo and aloha..
Jim Albertini, Daniel H.C. Li, Galen and L.V. Kelly, Paul W. Normann for Malu `Aina
Kale Gumapac for the Kanaka Council
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