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Demand Pohakuloa Water well test results of contaminants present!

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Demand Pohakuloa Water well test results of contaminants present!

Hilo Town Hall meetings with Sen. Kahele and Rep Todd Wed, May 15h 5:30PM UHH UCB 100

Sen Kahele and Rep. Chris Todd are heads of the State Legislature’s  Water Committees.  I have asked them in Feb. 2019 by phone calls and emails to their offices to obtain the water test results of the shallow water well (500-700 feet deep) drilled in 2013 at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA).  The test results have never been made public.  I suspect multiple toxins are present from military training , including Perchlorate used in rocket fuel and munitions, PFAS , lead, etc.  When I saw the notice of the Hilo Town Hall meeting I sent a follow up email to each asking them to bring the PTA water well test results to the meeting.  I hope you will be there at the town hall to join me in this effort to see the PTA water well test results.  We have a right to know.  How long do we have to wait for answers?  Remember whatever takes place mauka, eventually comes makai.  Water runs down hill!  Pohakuloa is located at 6000 feet in the center of our island and there are MILLIONS of live-rounds fired there annually by all branches of the military.  The bombing has been going on for 75 years.

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          water wells near Pohakuloa

Here is another military water contaminant to be concerned about –The toxins, collectively known as PFAS, have caused rampant pollution on military installations

‘This has poisoned everything’ – pollution casts shadow over New Mexico’s booming dairy industry

Amy Linn, Searchlight New Mexico

Wed 20 Feb 2019

The U.S. Military Is Poisoning Germany

By Pat Elder, Civilian Exposure. Germany is experiencing a public health crisis with millions of people potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with Per and Poly Fluoroalkyl Substances, or PFAS. A major source of this chemical contamination comes from the aqueous film forming foam  used in routine fire-training on U.S. military bases. After igniting, then dousing massive fires with the lethal foam containing PFAS, the American bases allow the poisons to leach into the groundwater to contaminate neighboring communities which use groundwater in their wells and municipal water systems. -more-

Big Island Video news story on Pohakuloa Consultation meetings

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Big Island Video news story on Pohakuloa Consultation meetings


Kona Tuesday, May 14th 5:30-7:30 PM Kona Council Chambers

Hilo, Thursday, May 16th 5:30-7:30 PM Aupuni Center Conference room

Questions for US Army Garrison Pohakuloa annual meeting with signatories and consulting parties

Sunday, May 12th, 2019


Kona Tuesday, May 14th 5:30-7:30 PM Kona Council Chambers

Hilo, Thursday, May 16th 5:30-7:30 PM Aupuni Center Conference room

sent to at 1:21 PM Sunday, May 12, 2019    Questions to be addressed in the May 14th Kona and 16th Hilo meetings need to be submitted by the end of today — Mother’s Day Sunday.

Questions for US Army Garrison Pohakuloa annual meeting with signatories and consulting parties

Hawai’i Island Training Programmatic Agreement (PA) and Annual Report

5:30 – 7: 30 PM Thursday, May 16, 2019, Aupuni Conference Room. Hilo

from Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

  1. On the official Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) Facebook page it states: “The U.S. Army Garrison Pohakuloa Cultural Resources Program supports the Army mission by managing cultural resources at PTA so that the Army, other military services, and state and local organizations can train here in compliance with historic  preservation laws and regulations.”

The US military is spending $1.25 trillion annually on war, or $32 million per minute ( yet less than 1/3 of the 133,000-acres of PTA has been surveyed for cultural & historic sites?  Why so little?  The National Historic preservation Act has been in existence sine the 1970s.  When will PTA complete a survey of the entire base?  It certainly seems clear that managing cultural resources takes a back seat to the PTA mission of bombing the sacred ‘aina.  The insulting conclusion of the Programmatic Agreement (PA) states: “Based on currently available information No TCPs or properties of religious and cultural significance to Native Hawaiian organizations have been identified at PTA.”  I have heard the meaning of Pohakuloa described as “The Land of the Night of Long Prayer?”  Has this been investigated?

  1. Why isn’t the term “Depleted Uranium –DU” even included in the glossary of the Programmatic Agreement (PA) given the fact that it is now well known that DU has been used at PTA and might possibly impact cultural and religious sites as well as troops and workers at PTA and the general public?  It is important to note that when DU metal is hit with high explosives it turns into easily inhaled DU oxide dust which can be defined as a weapon of mass destruction.
  2. Routine training at PTA has the potential to impact cultural and historic sites.  We need to know: What is the routine training at PTA?  How many live rounds are fired annually at PTA?  The last report in 2004 was 14.8 million live-rounds fired annually.  How many live rounds have been fired in each year since 2004?  What are all weapons systems fired at PTA?    Do strategic nuclear B-2 bombers still fly from Louisiana, Missouri and Guam to bomb Pohakuloa?  How often?  How about B-52 bombers?  What are the weapons they drop?  Even if inert, what actual weapons do they replicate? Have A-10 warthog planes ever fired DU rounds at PTA?   One of the delivery systems of the A-10 is the  30mm cannon As previously stated the US spends $32 million dollars per minute on war. When will comprehensive independent testing and monitoring be done to determine the full extent of Depleted uranium radiation contamination at PTA?  When will the test results of the shallow water well drilled in 2013 be released to show the possible contaminants in the water? Things like lead, perchlorate, PFAS, etc. etc. associated with military activity at PTA?
  3. Why hasn’t PTA complied with County Council resolution 639-08 passed by a vote of 8-1 in July 2008 calling for 8 actions including a stop to all live fire and anything that creates dust at PTA until there is a complete assessment and clean up of DU present at PTA and 7 other actions related to the DU?  A copy of this resolution was presented to Commander Borce on Sept. 21, 2018 at a meeting held at PTA with Commander Borce attended by myself, Ronald Fujiyoshi and Danny Li.
  4. The County of Hawaii in August 2008  passed resolution 701-08 unanimously  naming Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD as Hawaii county’s official representative. Dr. Pang is 24 years retired Army medical Corps.  Why hasn’t PTA done any consultation with Dr. Pang?  A copy of that resolution was also given to Commander Borce on Sept. 21, 2018 and to all previous PTA commanders.
  5. On Sept. 21, 2018 in that same meeting noted above several  dozen signed Military Human Experimentation forms saying that individuals do not give their consent to being experimented upon by the military continuing to bomb with high explosives a base known to be contaminated with Depleted Uranium were presented to Commander Borce.  The Nuremberg principles affirm such rights. There has been no response on this issue.  How come?
  6. On Sept. 21, 2018 in that same meeting noted above, we asked Commander Borce for an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) which Borce’s predecessor LTC Marquez said he would do but never did: an MOU for Makahiki opening and closing ceremonies and visits to cultural and religious sites on PTA. Why hasn’t that MOU been formalized? 
  7. On Sept. 21, 2018 in the same meeting noted above we asked Commander Borce for a show of good faith by NOT having school children come to PTA for Earth day events until there is comprehensive independent testing and monitoring for DU oxide. On April 18, hundreds of school children attended “Experience PTA Day.”  Does this constitute unethical human experimentation on children?
  8. On Sept. 21, 2018 in the same meeting noted above we asked Commander Borce to participate in public community meetings to respond to concerns and questions from the community.  To date there have been no such meetings.  How come?

10.  On June 30, 2018 Commander Borce came out of the PTA base to meet with RIMPAC protesters.  He said he wanted to be transparent and do things ohana style.  He promised to give RIMPAC protesters a tour of PTA similar to what the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce was given.  No such tour has ever been provided.  How come?  In addition on Dec. 17th access for 10 people to do Makahiki ceremony at the ahu near Pu’u Ka Pele was canceled by higher ups above Commander Borce at the last minute because a peaceful protest outside the main gate was planned over the limitation on those who could participate in the ceremony. What message does that convey about the right to religious practice and the right to free speech?  It says to me, if you want the military to recognize and allow religious practice, then shut up and don’t protest.

  1. A directive 4715.11 from the Deputy Secretary of Defense dated May 10, 2004 directed that no high explosives shall be used in areas where depleted uranium occurs (Section  The memorandum does provide an exception that a base commander can make a determination that if national security objectives are involved, the use of high explosives can be used in those depleted uranium contaminated areas.  Commander Borce, you are a base commander and therefore have that authority to cease high explosive use in the depleted uranium areas.  If, as you claim, you want to be a good steward of the land and of health and safety of the citizens of the Big Island, the civilian employees of PTA cantonment, the soldiers stationed and training there, and visitors to the Island, why have you not prohibited the use of high explosives in those areas?  This is a critical issue for preservation and access to sacred sites at PTA.  What is the national security objective you have determined that allows you placing civilians in harm’s way?  The same training can take place in an area or training areas on the US continent that are free from DU contamination.
  2. There is reason to believe that there is far more DU at PTA than simply the 700–2000 DU spotting rounds noted by Army officials.  Col Howard Killian testified before the Hawaii County Council that given the number of people who were trained to fire the Davy Crockett weapon system the number of spotting rounds fired at PTA could be 2000 or higher.  In addition to the Davy Crockett spotting rounds (6-ounces of DU) there is reason to believe that dummy M-390 Davy Crockett warheads were fired, each containing around 35 pounds of DU each.  Depending on the number of such dummy DU warheads fired, the total DU from Davy Crockett could be expanded into many tons not simply pounds from spotting rounds, far exceeding the NRC license SUC-1593.

  In addition there is the question of other possible DU rounds fired at PTA besides Davy Crockett that to date are unknown. That’s why comprehensive independent testing is required with community oversight to have the confidence of the community.  We want people like Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD, and retired nuclear Geologist Mike Reimer PhD. involved to represent the community oversight.  When will this be done.  Since the military spends $32 million per minute on war, can’t you afford a couple seconds worth of war spending for testing in the interest of community health and safety, including for the troops and workers at PTA?

  1. A.  Given that Army officials have confirmed that munitions containing depleted uranium have been used within PTA and given that ongoing military operations continue on contaminated lands using explosives in direct violation of section 2-4 of Army Regulation 700-48 exactly when will army leaders in Hawaii complete thorough environmental remediation in compliance with all provisions of AR 700-48 using all procedures specified in Army PAM 700-548 and Technical Bulletin 9-1300-278?  B.  Given uranium weapons have been used resulting in military and civilian exposures exactly when will Army leaders comply with US Army order known as the Somalis DU medical care order dated October 1993 and section 2-5 of AR 700-48 that mandate medical care for all known and suspected exposures?  C.  Given numerous orders have been issued by the commanding general of TRADOC and also the Secretary of Defense mandating completion of tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3 DU training by all military personnel who in your command has completed the mandated training? Please provide compete command training records from the command G3 verifying DU training completion for all military and civilian personnel .
  1. What are the exact operational / environmental requirements for preventing spreading of contamination and for cleaning up any and all depleted uranium and other low level radioactive contamination as specified in section 2-4 of army regulation 700-48 and exactly how will Hawaii based army command leaders comply with each of these requirements?

AR 700-48 Section 2–4. Handling of RCE

  1. General.

(1) During peacetime or as soon as operational risk permits, the Corps/JTF/Division Commander’s RSO will

identify, segregate, isolate, secure, and label all RCE. Procedures to minimize the spread of radioactivity will be

implemented as soon as possible.

(2) Radiologically contaminated equipment does not prevent the use of a combat vehicle or equipment for a combat


(3) RSO must consider the operational situation, mission, level of contamination, and types of contaminate when

evaluating the need to utilize contaminated equipment.

(4) After the Corps Commander certifies the equipment is decontaminated IAW established OEG or peacetime

regulations, it may be reutilized.

(5) The equipment for release for unrestricted use must be decontaminated to comply with peacetime regulations

versus OEG.

(6) Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Units will render equipment safe prior to retrograde operations when


  1. Use and cannibalization.

(1) The operation of RCE or cannibalization is prohibited unless the commander has determined that:

(a) The operational risk is comparable to that found in combat.

(b) The equipment is required for mission completion.

(c) Under no condition shall the following items be used or cannibalized if damaged: MC-1 Soil Moisture Density

Tester (Soil and Asphalt) (NSN 6635-01-030-6896), or commercially procured TROXLER Surface Moisture-Density

Gauge AN/UDM-2 RADIAC Calibrator Set (NSN 6665-00-179-9037), AN/UDM-6 RADIAC Calibrator Set (NSN


(2) Under those circumstances in which the commander has waived prohibitive use (see para 2-4b(1)) and deter-mined

that the operational risk is comparable to combat, equipment may be decontaminated and used for a specified

mission. Once the circumstances are met, operational necessity is over, that waived contaminated equipment will be

handled IAW peacetime procedures.

  1. Handling.

(1) The unit/team/individual responsible for the equipment, whether friendly or foreign, at the time of damage or

contamination is responsible for taking all action consistent with this regulation and DA PAM 700-48.

(2) The MACOM commander may designate a radioactive waste/commodity processing facility. The ACERT,

RADCON and RAMT Teams may be deployed to assist in the processing and management supervision of RCE.

(3) Maintenance forms, warning tags, and other forms of communication will be used to ensure that personnel

involved in the reclamation are aware of the contamination status.

(4) In peacetime, RCE will be transported to the command esignated location for receipt of radioactive material

where the extent of contamination can be assessed and remediated under controlled conditions.

(5) In peacetime, the Corps/JTF/Division Commander’s RSO monitor the separation of RCE from uncontaminated

equipment. The separation must be maintained throughout the entire handling process.

(6) All equipment, to include captured or combat RCE, will be surveyed, packaged, retrograded, decontaminated and

released IAW Technical Bulletin 9-1300-278, DA PAM 700-48 and other relevant guidance.

(7) Equipment will be decontaminated to the maximum extent as far forward in theater as possible, IAW the OEG.

Under all other conditions, decontamination in-theater will be performed only in accordance with guidance from the

ACERT/RADCON/Chemical Officer/NBC Staff.

  1. d. Personal Safety. Personnel handling contaminated equipment need to follow the personal safety measures outlined

in DA PAM 700-48 and AR 40-5.

  1. Disposal.

(1) In general, environmental impact must be considered prior to equipment retrograde. Retrograde operations must

minimize the spread of contamination preventing further harm to personnel and damage to equipment.

(2) Radioactive material and waste will not be locally disposed of through burial, submersion, incineration, destruction in place, or abandonment without approval from overall MACOM commander. If local disposal is approved, the

responsible MACOM commander must document the general nature of the disposed material and the exact location of

the disposal. As soon as possible the MACOM commander must forward all corresponding documentation to the Chief,

Health Physicist, AMCSF-P, HQAMC.

(3) Demilitarization in the field is authorized only as a means to ensure that the equipment will not fall into enemy


5 AR 700–48 • 16 September 2002

  1. There was no mention in the annual report of the covert Military Special Ops planned for Mauna Kea park and impacts to cultural and religious sites, originating inside PTA  that was cancelled because of citizen protest in late Nov. and December 2018. How come?
  2. It appears Commander Borce, PAO Donnelly, Julie Taomia and the military higher ups are trying to divide the community into Signatories, consulting parties, non consulting parties, who gets access, who gets to meet, etc. etc. PTA effects us all.  We are all consulting parties.  Commander Borce and military higher ups, show you have nothing to hide.  Meet in public forums, with the media present, in the community. What are you afraid of?
  3. Who is the PTA Radiation safety officer, otherwise known as LPPO Local Radiation Protection officer?  What equipment is being used?   Provide specifics of equipment to check for DU oxide particles and specific fissionable products like cesium 137.
  4. Finally, there is the question of possible fissionable Davy Crockett nuclear weapons being exploded at PTA.  We have received confidential reports from more than one source about this.

While many of us remain doubtful that such nuclear explosions occurred at PTA in the late 1950s or early 60s, such tactical nuclear weapons had yields that ranged from 10-20 tons of TNT equivalent to a kilton (1,000 tons of TNT).  If nuclear weapons were exploded at PTA  there would still be a signature of fissionable isotopes present today, including cesium 137.  It has a half life of about 30.17 years and decays to barium-137 with emission of gamma ray energy of 664 ke.  If a fission device was fired at PTA, that isotope (and others) would be present is measurable abundance.  There is a background from atmospheric nuclear testing and Fukushima but with just two half-lives from the 1960 use of Davy Crockett training at PTA, there would be sufficient quantity remaining to detect without question.  There are field portable gamma ray detectors that can distinguish gamma ray energies and identify the isotopes.  Any comprehensive independent testing for DU should also include testing for possible fissionable isotopes.

— Jim Albertini

Meetings in Hilo & Kona on Pohakuloa impacts

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Ruth update May 8, 2019 after military is saying the public and the press will not be allowed in to the Kona and Hilo meetings — “anyone who is not a consulting party, or signatory will not be allowed in the meeting,” says Julie Taomia of PTA

Will be at the Kona meeting peacefully pushing for all to get in. The military has resisted holding public meetings because of the potential of encountering turnouts with unfavorable input. Commander Borce has publicly and privately stated on numerous occasions his support for community, yet failed to hold a public community meeting since his arrival. The Section 106 process is being used to block and silence Native Hawaiians and the broader community. The Programmatic Agreement was passed without full approval of myself and others. The agreement is not limited to certain individuals or groups. Again, the military is shoving their plans in our faces to swallow. Nope, not taking it. Show up if you can, be peaceful. let’s be heard.
Kona will be pushing forward. Will keep Hilo updated. All in or all out.


Ruth Aloua says “All right y’all. Pōhakuloa needs us. We have a chance to be heard. Alo ke alo. So rare. Face to face with the military. Coming up meetings in Kona and Hilo. Bring your questions, heart, aloha, passion all of it. RSVP if can. If you see this later get to the meeting folks inside keep those doors open. Let’s show up. Light it up. I’ll be in Kona. “You are invited to attend the Pohakuloa Training Area Programmatic Agreement Consultation Meetings.”

Please Spread the Word.  Mahalo.


Tuesday, May 7th, 2019



Two sides of the same global coin – Murder – Suicide!

National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the region near Iran. In a statement on Sunday night May 5th, Bolton said the move was intended to “send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attacks on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.” In response to Bolton’s statement Iran is accusing the United States of “psychological warfare.” On May 6th, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the deployment was made because of a “credible threat by Iranian regime forces” but he offered no details. Axios is reporting the threat is based on information passed on from Israel.

Watch for provocations to “justify” a US attack!

US National Security Advisor John Bolton, was a key architect in the fabrication of lies leading to the US war on Iraq, and he has been itching and writing about war on Iran for decades!

What we do to the earth and other species, we do to ourselves.

‘Ominous’ UN Report Warns Human Activity Has Pushed One Million Plant and Animal Species to Brink of Extinction

Working for Peace, Justice, and Protecting the Earth through nonviolent action is our Sacred duty to future generations!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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