Press Release on Military Radiation Stonewalling

THERE WILL BE A SIGN HOLDING IN HILO BEGINNING AT 9:30AM OUTSIDE THE BEN FRANKLIN BUILDING PRIOR TO THE l0:30 PRESENTATION BY COL. KILLIAN. 

For Public Release February 2, 2009

MILITARY RADIATION STONEWALLING

Army Col Howard Killian will do an update on the Pohakuloa radiation for a County Council committee 10:30 AM Tue Feb 3rd at the Ben Franklin bldg. in Hilo.

     Malu 'Aina charges the military is stonewalling and misinforming the community over the issue of radiation contamination at the l33,000-acre Pohakuloa training Area (PTA).  The military continues to make unsupported claims that radiation contamination at PTA poses "NO DANGER" to troops or residents (WHT l/3l/09).

     Malu 'Aina says to the military: SHOW US YOUR DATA.  Danger or No Danger is a medical determination that is debatable.  First get an accurate determination of the extent of radiation contamination.  Where is the data, and how was it obtained?  What testing has been done to detect levels of contamination?  How widespread is the contamination?  Have DU penetrating rounds been fired at PTA?  It appears that the military only wants to focus on l960s era DU Davy Crockett spotting rounds fired and ignore the possibility that a wide range of modern day weapons that contain radiation have also been fired at PTA and other sites in Hawai'i.

     The military has a serious credibility problem.  The military has consistently stonewalled community involvement in the investigation process which the community demanded to assure transparency and the confidence of the community.  The military's credibility problem is longstanding.  The military lied to the community when it secretly tested deadly nerve gas weapons in the Hilo Waiakea Forest watershed around the same time it was firing DU Davy Crockett spotting rounds at PTA.  For years the military tried to downplay or deny health problems associated with Agent orange used in Vietnam.  The military tried to deny Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) but now it's been found to be real and effecting 300,000 troops. Here in Hawaii, Federal Court Judge Susan Mollway has ordered the military to stop stonewalling on cultural access at Makua Valley on Oahu.

      If the military is so convinced there is "NO Danger" from radiation at PTA, then why the stonewalling?  Why no community involvement, no data, no transparency?  Could it be they know they have something to hide?

      Malu 'Aina calls for the County Council to provide Dr. Lorrin Pang equal time for a presentation to the Council regarding this issue. Mahalo.


Jim Albertini

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O.Box AB

Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760

phone: 808-966-7622

email: JA@interpac.net

Visit us on the web at: www.malu-aina.org

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