copy of letter to Mayor Kim

Malu `Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760. Phone 808-966-7622

ja@interpac.net www.malu-aina.org

 

April 27, 2008

Mayor Harry Kim

891 Ululani St.

Hilo, HI 96720

Dear Mayor Kim,

Mahalo for your April 18, 2008 letter.

I look forward to receiving and reviewing copies of communication between you and State of Hawaii Health Dept. officials and military personnel on the issue of radiation contamination in Hawaii.

The basic points noted in my March 25th letter were summary points first put forward by our organization on August 24, 2007 (see below), four days after the official confirmation of DU at Pohakuloa. They have been sent to your office on several occasions. Point two is a call for community people to be involved in the assessment and monitoring process from the get-go but we have been shut out of the process completely. Point 2 is directly below and all five points are further below.

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.

Mayor, in both of your recent letters, March 17th, and April 18th you stated that you cannot agree at this time to call for a halt to all live fire at PTA but you provide no basis for your statement. The military has repeatedly stated that they do not know the full extent of the contamination at PTA, yet they are continuing to bomb and do live fire. Such actions appear to defy common sense and the precautionary principle. Please explain your reasoning which appears similar to the military. I expect little from the military. I expect more from you..

Thank you again for your consideration, but our patience is running very thin.

Aloha,

 

 

Jim Albertini for Malu `Aina Ohana

 

Malu`Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action is a non-profit organization that grows food to share with people in need, and works for justice, peace and preserving the environment.

 

Hawaii Radiation Contamination!

A military contractor confirmed the presence of depleted uranium at the Army's Pohakuloa Training Area

(PTA) on the Big Island, the Army said in a news release dated Aug. 20, 2007. After years of official denial and

the military being pressed by citizens doing their own radiation monitoring recording levels 3-4 times background

the truth is now beginning to surface. See <http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/08/ap_hawaiiuranium_070821/>

Depleted Uranium (DU) is primarily U-238, the isotope of uranium that remains after the fissionable isotope, U-235, has been extracted from natural uranium ore. Over the years hundreds of thousands of tons of the stuff accumulated. DU has a 4.5 billion-year half-life and presents a long-term storage problem.

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. The military 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>

Call your elected representatives at all levels of government to support the following Citizen Action Demands.

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 have been exposed to DU. (The U.S. is spending $2

billion a day on the military. There should be funds available to see if citizens are being

contaminated 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!

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 www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil (August 24, 2007 - 310th week) -Friday 3:30 - 5PM downtown Post Office

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