Posts Tagged: Environmental Justice

Hawai’i island residents blast Army expansion at Pohakuloa

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports that more than fifty people turned out to testify against the Army’s proposed expansion of training facilities at Pohakuloa. “We don’t want any further militarization of our island,” Bunny Smith said. According the Hawaii Tribune Herald, The next step is to come up with the (cost) numbers to construct,” Egami… Read more »

Army engineers tackle toxic cleanup at Puunene, Maui

The AP reports “Army engineers tackle toxic cleanup at Puunene, Maui”: The Army Corps of Engineers is looking to remove toxic chemicals found in a military landfill at the old Puunene airport site on Maui. A spokesman for the Corps of Engineers Honolulu District said studies have found toxic and possibly carcinogenic chemicals in the… Read more »

Action Alert: Keep Waianae Country! Stop industrial encroachment on agricultural land!

Developers want to change agricultural land to industrial in the heart of Lualualei valley in Wai’anae, some of the richest and most productive farm lands in Hawai’i. The Waianae Sustainable Communities Plan is coming before the City Council on Nov. 2nd (1pm, Kapolei Hale). 1. Please send letters to the council members through this link… Read more »

Makua: Wildfires and Military Toxins

On September 28, a wildfire caused by an Army detonation of unexploded ordnance burned 100 acres in Makua Valley: A fire burned about 100 acres of the Army’s Makua Valley training range Wednesday after it was started by workers who had detonated unexploded ordnance. An Army spokesman said the detonation was part of a routine,… Read more »

Court says Army failed to test seaweed and other marine resources in Makua

The AP reports: A federal judge has ruled the Army’s study of contamination of seafood harvested near Makua Valley was satisfactory except for two ways. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway ruled the Army didn’t test seaweed and other marine life eaten by residents of the Waianae Coast to determine whether they pose health… Read more »

Action Alert: TOMORROW Protect Farm Land in Lualualei!

Action Alert:  Protect Farm Land in Lualualei! Wai’anae may lose valuable farm land in Lualualei if the proposed draft of the Wai’anae Sustainable Communities Plan (WSCP) is adopted by the Honolulu City Council.  The present draft of the WSCP would result in a loss of agricultural land and threaten to open the door to future… Read more »

“Unfinished Business” – Twenty years since the Philippines kicked out U.S. bases, what is the Status of Forces?

The Interaksyon news website has an excellent two-part series entitled “Unfinished Business: Transforming the former U.S. military bases into zones of peace and development remains a challenge, 20 years after a historic Senate vote scrapped the PH-US bases treaty.” “Unfinished Business” by Joel C. Paredes begins: Veteran nationalist lawmaker Wigberto Tañada still vividly recalls when… Read more »

State allows public access on Ahu o Laka sandbar despite radiation leak

Using radiation monitors not designed to scan under water, the state determined that it was safe for the public to access the helicopter crash site in Kane’ohe Bay where radioactive Strontium 90 leaked out. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports: The public will be allowed on the sandbar at Kaneohe Bay this holiday weekend despite concerns… Read more »

Kaneohe sandbar deemed safe after radiological testing?

Ahu o Laka, a sandbar in Kaneʻohe Bay, was the site of a fatal Marine Corps helicopter crash in March 2011.  More about that crash can be read here and here.  The crash resulted in the release of fuel and a radioactive substance Strontium 90, which mimics calcium and attacks bones.   However, the Marine Corps… Read more »

Agent Orange buried on Okinawa, vet says

Months after U.S. veterans disclosed that they buried agent orange at Camp Carroll in Korea, more veterans have come forward admitting that they buried agent orange in Okinawa.  The Japan Times reports that despite U.S. denials of storing agent orange on Okinawa, a dozen veterans reported disposing of agent orange at nine U.S. military bases… Read more »