Posts Tagged: Environmental Justice

Army finishes ordnance clearing off Waianae coast

The AP reports that the army completed a demonstration project to remove underwater unexploded ordnance from “ordnance reef” off the Wai’anae coast using unmanned underwater vehicles: The Army said Friday it recovered 74 pieces of decades-old exploded ordnance from the ocean floor off Oahu’s Waianae coast during a three-week effort to clear out most of… Read more »

Making Waves: Defending Ka’ena

Making Waves: Defending Ka’ena, Episode 55 Length: 0:27 Social issues & cultural programming dedicated to peace and social justice. 7/19/2011 Tue 9:30 am, Channel NATV Channel 53 Or streaming online: I speak with Summer Mullins and Uncle Fred Mullins about their efforts to protect Ka’ena from the scourge of off-roaders destroying the sand dunes… Read more »

Pearl Harbor Restoration Advisory Board Meeting, July 12, 2011

The next Pearl Harbor Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at the Holomua Elementary School Cafeteria, 911561 Keaunui Drive, ʻEwa Beach. On the agenda: Draft Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis for Substation P, Kalaeloa Draft Final Remedial Investigation for West Loch 4th Street Coral Pit Disposal Area… Read more »

A Win for Environmental Justice! People of Wai’anae Save Farmland

The people of Wai’anae won a big victory for environmental justice. KAHEA reports, “Tropic Land’s petition for a boundary amendment to allow an industrial park on fertile farmland was DENIED today, April 21, 2011.”  The post continues: The Petitioner recognized that Commissioners had concerns about the proposed industrial park, especially whether they had access to… Read more »

California study shows low levels of perchlorate affect infants

A new study shows newborns in perchlorate contaminated areas have a 50% chance of having impaired thyroid function. Perchlorate is an oxidizer used in rocket propellant that attacks the thyroid. It has been detected in groundwater in Nohili, Kaua’i near the caves where munitions are stored. I think it was also detected in Schofield (Lihu’e)…. Read more »

Wai’anae voices its support for preserving agricultural land

On November 10, 2010, there was a public informational meeting on the Wai’anae Sustainable Communities Plan.  This is the plan that guides development decisions for the Wai’anae region of O’ahu. Wai’anae has always had a very strong plan, with clear limits on the growth boundary, provisions to ensure that the rural character of the community… Read more »

Take a Stand to Defend Lualualei Farm Land!

Take a Stand to Defend Lualualei Farm Land! There will be an important community meeting for protection of agricultural land in Lualualei. The Wai’anae Sustainable Community Plan final draft will be discussed. The developers who want to industrialize Wai’anae have inserted a “purple spot” of urban zoning into the plan in the middle of historically… Read more »

In Wai’anae: Army delays ‘Ordnance Reef’ study

Ordnance Reef study pushed back By William Cole POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2010 The Army said yesterday that it is delaying a $2.5 million study of grenades, bombs and other ordnance dumped in shallow water off Waianae that was scheduled for October because it first needs to do an environmental assessment. Conducting the… Read more »

Environmental Racism in Wai’anae – “disposable humanity” in the “dumping ground of O’ahu”

On July 19th, the City and Count of Honolulu executed its sweep of more than 350 residents from the strip of land at Maili point known as “Guardrails”.   The majority of the persons evicted were Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian). Among the evicted were many women and children. Much of the news coverage has been biased… Read more »

EPA Releases Rulemaking Guidance on Environmental Justice

Although “Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions To Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-lncome Populations” has been in effect since 1994, the US Environmental Protection Agency has only now released new rulemaking guidance on environmental justice.   This is good step forward, but it fails to provide enough “teeth” in the law for communities to… Read more »