Hawaii County calls for live fire halt and DU clean up at Pohakuloa (BIP)

Aloha Peace Ohana,
As many of you know, The DU reso calling for a complete halt to live fire at PTA passed the Hawaii County Council 8-1 with only the Council chair., Pete Hoffmann, who is a retired Army military intelligence Col. opposing it.  Dr. Lorrrin Pang was great in clarifying the health hazard of DU.  Public testimony went 15 to 1 for the resolution. The public hearing  went from 8:30AM - 4PM on the DU reso.
GREAT JOB everyone!!!! I hope other communities will be energized by our efforts and take similar and additional action.
Mahalo nui loa.
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


HILO — The largest
administration bond
request ever brought before
the Hawaii County Council
was approved on its second
bill reading Wednesday in
an 8-1 vote.
The council's action
allows the administration
to sell up to $114.59 million
worth of bonds, and the
proceeds will be used for
nearly 50 county projects,
including the West Hawaii
Civic Center.
The county will barely
make the deadline for
acting on a contract with
the low bid from a design
builder who responded to
a request for proposals to
build the civic center.
The county already has
more than $30 million in
bond funds for the project,
but another $18.2 million
needed for the project
is included in the $114.59
million bond float. The
contract with the project's
low bidder expires July 12.
In another matter,
the council approved a
resolution from Puna
Councilwoman Emily
Naeole that requests
the U.S. Army to halt B-
2 bombing missions and
live firing exercises until
it's determined whether
depleted uranium is
present at the Pohakuloa
Training Area.
Although the resolution
does not carry the power of
law, the council spent more
than six hours Wednesday
discussing it and listening
to testimony from numerous
residents in favor of it.
The council heard from
Dr. Lorrin Pang with the
state Department of Health
who, speaking as a resident,
painted a grim picture
regarding the lack of
information there is on DU
levels on the island and the
circumstantial evidence
that depleted uranium may
be responsible for a spike
in new cancer cases.
From 2000 through
2004, Pang said 444 new
cancer cases were reported
on the Big Island, which
is more than new cases
from the other Hawaiian
A majority of the county's
new cancer cases were
from Kona, where dust
originating from PTA usually
ends up because of
wind, he said.
"It is prudent a survey
be done to put to rest our
uncertainty about (the
military's) record-keeping,"
Pang said. "Something's
cooking here on Big
Depleted uranium was
discovered at PTA in 2006,
which originated from
spotting rounds in Davy
Crockett weapons systems
tested in the 1960s.
The council approved
a few amendments to the
resolution, including one
from Ka'u Councilman Bob
Jacobson that states the
"U.S. military shall conduct
a search of all records
for firing of depleted uranium
at (PTA) and all
other Hawaii state military
sites and release pertinent
information to the public."
An amendment from
Council Chairman Pete
Hoffmann, Kohala, to
remove language in the
resolution that requests
the military to halt bombing
missions and live firing
exercises was defeated in
an 8-1 vote, with Hoffmann
the only one to cast a favorable
vote. Hoffmann, who
served in the military for
more than 28 years, said he
agrees the country should
not be in Iraq, but because
that is the case, the request
in question would lead to
inadequate training.
Other council members
said the Army should find
a different place to train
until it's determined if
depleted uranium is causing
problems for residents
and military personnel.
Hamakua Councilman
Dominic Yagong said the
council's favorable vote
puts the military on notice
"that you have to investigate."
Army Col. Howard
Killian told the council the
military plans to have a
citizen monitoring committee
in place by the end
of the month. South Kona
Councilwoman Brenda
Ford plans to introduce a
resolution that requests
Pang is placed on the committee
as the council's representative.



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