Posts Tagged: Environmental Justice

NYT: Navy’s Vieques Training May be Tied to Health Risks Navy’s Vieques Training May Be Tied to Health Risks By MIREYA NAVARRO Published: November 13, 2009 The federal agency that assesses health hazards at sites designated for Superfund environmental cleanups said Friday that it had reversed its conclusion that contamination at a former United States Navy training ground in Puerto Rico posed no health… Read more »

ATSDR to Change its Early Conclusions on Environmental Assessment in Vieques

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is notorious for discounting the environmental health concerns of communities. In several cases, the agency has been forced to redo its studies due to faulty or biased data and conclusions.  The people of Vieques initially boycotted the ATSDR because of its bad reputation.  In Hawai’i ATSDR… Read more »

New Law Limits Military use of Open Burn Pits

Doug from Seacoast Anti-Pollution League in Portsmouth, New Hampshire sent a post to the Military Toxics Project listserve about a new law to limit the military use of open burn pits overseas.  However, as Doug notes the law “Doesn’t cover domestic bases, nor everything we’d want left unburned, but DoD has to develop a plan… Read more »

ATSDR: Change in Public Policy regarding Vieques

PRESS RELEASE FROM CASA PUEBLO, Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, via Atlanta, GA, USA, to Vieques, Puerto Rico ATSDR: Change in Public Policy regarding Vieques Drs. Arturo Massol Deyá of Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas / UPR Mayagüez, Carmen Ortiz Roque, and Carmen Colón de Jorge participated in extensive discovery meetings about scientific investigations of Vieques in the… Read more »

Navy plans to dissolve Hunters Point Restoration Advisory Board

According to the news story below, the Navy intends to dissolve a Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) for the closed, and highly contaminated military installation at Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco.  This is a largely poor/working class Black and Latino neighborhood and the site of many environmental justice struggles over the years.   The Navy’s reason… Read more »

Contaminated Missile Sites The Honolulu Advertiser carried a story about contaminated missile sites.  Hawai’i has several of these close missile silos, although it is not clear from the article whether any of the contaminated sites are in Hawai’i.   I am aware of Nike missile sites in Waimanalo beach, at Peacock Flats above Mokuleia, and another in Kahuku.   … Read more »

‘Toxic Waters’ series in the NYT

The New York Times published the first in a series of investigative articles on water pollution and the failures of the EPA to enforce the Clean Water Act.  They have compiled a massive searchable database and map of clean water act violations.   The data for Hawai’i shows Sand Island Wastewater Treatment facility run by the… Read more »

Micronesians fight for health care

Micro-managing Pacific immigrants face a death panel of their own. by Alan D. McNarie Sep 2, 2009 Retired cook Calvin Nelson says that when he came to Hawaii from Kwajalein after the United States had seized his home for a new missile range, he was told, “everything will be covered.” But 20 years later, he… Read more »

‘Hey, can you move the birds?’

Marines drive amphibious assault vehicles through Nu’upia pond, a wetland and Hawaiian fishpond, to help create bird habitat?    “It’s better than a monster-truck rally.” >><< Posted on: Monday, January 13, 2003 Mud-churning Marines help birds By William Cole Advertiser Military Writer KANE’OHE BAY – Back in the late 1970s, the Marines used to drive their… Read more »

Fallout from nuclear tests leads to health crisis

Sep. 6, 2009 4:33 PM EDT Fallout from nuclear tests leads to health crisis MARK NIESSE Associated Press Writer HONOLULU (AP) – Pius Henry fears his adopted government will kill him, that the United States won’t live up to a health care obligation to people from Pacific islands where it tested nuclear bombs. Henry, a… Read more »