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March 27, 2015 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on Pohakuloa, the Army, NRC, and Hawaii radiation contamination

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

POHAKULOA

The Land of the Night of Long Prayer”

Military Bombing – Desecration & Contamination with Radiation

      Pohakuloa is translated to mean “The Land of the Night of Long Prayer.” The Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), is a 133,000-acre military bombing range located in the center of Hawaii Island used by the military since WWII. PTA, located on Hawaiian Kingdom government and crown lands, is now known to be contaminated with a wide range of military toxins, including radiation. After years of denial, the military finally admitted using Depleted Uranium (DU) spotting rounds dating back to 1962 at PTA, and Schofield Barracks on Oahu. It is also possible that DU has been used at Makua Valley, Kaho’olawe, Ka’ula and other sites throughout Hawaii. The evidence suggests more than 2000 radioactive Davy Crockett nuclear weapon spotting rounds were fired at PTA alone. It is also possible that additional DU spotting rounds for other nuclear weapon systems, DU armor piercing rounds, and other forms of DU have been used at PTA. The military has stonewalled citizen efforts calling for comprehensive independent testing and monitoring to determine the full extent of radiation contamination at PTA. What is the military trying to hide?

      On Tuesday, March 24th there was a meeting at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) headquarters in Rockville, Maryland about the Davy Crockett DU spotting rounds used in Hawaii and at sites in at least 11 states. The U.S. also used the Davy Crockett DU Spotting rounds in at least 3 other foreign countries –Japan, Germany, and South Korea but the use of the weapons there was not part of the discussion for some unexplained reason.  The meeting, which people could hear via telephone conference if they signed up in advance and received a passcode, was originally set to begin at 3AM Hawaii time. It was later changed to 5AM after Hawaii citizens complained how inconsiderate 3AM was for encouraging Hawaii participation in the meeting.

      The nuclear regulators – (much like the Bank regulators) are made up of nuclear industry people and have put the Fox (the US Army) in charge of assessing the condition of the hen house (radiation contamination on Army bases). Instead of cleaning up the mess, the Army is possibly spreading the mess by continued bombing. NRC and Army bureaucrats are living off the misery of people under U.S. military occupation and pollution.  On July 2, 2008, the Hawaii County Council in a vote of 8-1 passed resolution 639-08 which called for stopping all live fire at PTA and clean up of  DU present at PTA. The resolution also called for 7 other actions, none of which have been carried out to date.  By their inaction the U.S. Army and NRC are thumbing their nose at the health and safety of the residents and visitors of Hawaii and the democratic process reflected in the vote of the Hawaii County Council.  Shame on the Army and the NRC . Bureaucrats often lose sight of who they are suppose to be serving.

Stop the Bombing!  

   Protect Pohakuloa!

Let a New Day Begin for “The Land of the Night of Long Prayer”

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 justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622. Email
: ja@malu-aina.org http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (March 27, 2015 – 705th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

March 24, 2015 NRC/Army meeting sham

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

March 24, 2015

To Ms Snyder of the NRC, the U.S. Army, members of the media and others,

I listened in via telephone conference from 5-6 AM Hawaii time to the bureaucratic discussions taking place from Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) headquaters in Rockville, Maryland over the U.S. military desecration and contamination of Hawaiian land with Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation and similar contamination at numerous other sites in at least 11 other states and 3 foreign countries.  Hawaii peace activists discovered reference to the contamination in 2005 and the military and NRC have been dragging their okoles around on the issue for 10 years without doing anything about it.  Citizens have been calling for comprehensive, independent, testing and monitoring to determine the full extent of the contamination from radiation weapons used at PTA and other sites  and clean up of the mess.  Instead, the Nuclear regulators (much like the Bank regulators) are made up of nuclear industry people and have put the Fox (the US Army) in charge of assessing the condition of the hen house.  Instead of cleaning up the mess, bureaucrats are living off the misery of people under U.S. military occupation and pollution.  On July 2, 2008, the Hawaii County Council in a vote of 8-1 passed resolution 639-08 which called for stopping all live fire at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of Hawaii island and clean up of  DU present there.  It also called for 7 other actions, none of which have been carried out to date.  By their inaction the U.S. Army and NRC are thumbing their nose at the health and safety of the residents and visitors of Hawaii and the democratic process reflected in the vote of the Hawaii County Council.  Shame on the Army and the NRC.

I submitted 8 points including questions to be addressed at the meeting today (see below) and none were addressed.  Today’s meeting was originally set by the NRC for 3 AM Hawaii time.  It was later changed to 5AM when I complained how inconsiderate that was for encouraging Hawaii participation in the meeting.  Bureaucrats often lose sight of who they are suppose to be serving.

Jim Albertini
President of Malu ‘Aina

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org
Press Release for immediate release March 22, 2015
Re: questions to the NRC and Army over radiation contamination in Hawaii and elsewhere
further contact: Jim Albertini 808-988-7622   email ja@malu-aina.org

Dear NRC and U.S. Army:
Regarding Davy Crockett “King of the Wild Frontier”  DU License to possess (Nuclear waste dump License) in Hawaii, at least 11 other states and 3 foreign countries (South Korea, Germany, and Japan).  I must note that whatever environmental process and laws and NRC provisions apply within the U.S. should also be applied to U.S. Bases in the three foreign countries where the U.S. admits using Davy Crockett DU spotting rounds.  The people in those countries have a right to know and have equal justice applied.
Below are questions that need answers.

1.  I have been informed by an investigative source that up to six Davy Crockett nuclear weapons were actually detonated at Pohakuloa in the late 1950s-early 1960s, not simply up to 2000 Davy Crockett DU spotting rounds used in training there.
Please attempt to confirm or deny this report by the March 24, 2015 meeting date and investigate if any U.S. nuclear explosions took place at military ranges other than the Nevada, Alamogordo, New Mexico, the Marshall Islands nuclear testing grounds, and Johnston Island. It took 43 years to confirm that DU spotting rounds were used at Pohakuloa.  I hope it will not take another 43 to confirm or accurately deny that nuclear weapons were detonated at PTA in the 1950s or early 60s.

Wikipedia says the Davy Crockett M-388 round used a version of the W54 warhead, a very small sub-kiloton fission device.   The Davy Crockett nuclear warhead (Mk-54) which was also basically the same warhead with a variable yield for the Special Atomic Demolition device and the AIM -26 Falcon air-to-air missile.  The yield range is 10-20 ton yield for the Davy Crockett, to 1 kiloton for the special atomic demolition munition, to 250 ton yield for the AIM-26 Falcon air-to-air missile.  Have any of these relatively low yield nuclear weapons been detonated at Pohakuloa or any other sites besides the Nevada Test Site.  I have seen a report that up to six Davy Crockett nuclear detonations have taken place at Pohakuloa.
Wikipedia
Mk-54 (Davy Crockett) — 10 or 20 ton yield, Davy Crockett Gun warhead Mk-54 (SADM) — variable yield 10 ton to 1 kiloton, Special Atomic Demolition Munition device W-54 — 250 ton yield, warhead for AIM-26 Falcon air-to-air missile

2.  For years Army officials repeatedly denied that DU was ever used in Hawaii. They lied.  Then they were caught with their pants down by Peace activists discovering in court documents that DU had been used on Oahu at Schofield Barracks but the Army was keeping it quiet.  Peace activist on Hawaii island stepped up radiation monitoring at Mauna Kea State Park near the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) and recorded initial radiation spikes several times background readings on May 29, 2007 with winds coming from the south off the base toward the park.  Three months later the Army admitted DU was used at Pohakuloa at some ranges approximately 1 mile south of Mauna Kea State park  Peace activists suspect DU was also used at the Army’s Makua bombing range on Oahu, the now closed military bombing range on the island of Kaho’olawe, Ka’ula bombing range near Ni’ihau, and perhaps other Hawaii sites.
On July, 2, 2008, the Hawaii County Council by a vote of 8-1 passed Resolution 639-08 calling for a halt to all live-fire at PTA due to the prtesence of Depleted Uranium radiation. The resolution called for clean up of the DU present at PTA and 7 other actions, none of which have been done by the Army.  This has been brought to the attention of the Army and NRC.  Why hasn’t action been taken as called for by the Hawaii County Council?

3.  Citizens want comprehensive, independent, testing and monitoring to determine the full extent of radiation contamination at PTA.  To date, the community has no confidence in the Army, NRC, etc. that such testing and monitoring will be done.  It’s now more than 50 years since DU was used in Hawaii and we still have nothing to assure the confidence of the community.  When will this pattern of denial, passing the buck, and delays change?  Or will it ever change? To date the response of the Army, State and federal officials has been shameful.

4.  With the new and improved Saddle Road passing through Pohakuloa, traffic has increased considerably.  So too the risk of radiation being spread by vehicles, high winds in the area, and flash flooding. If nothing else, what does the NRC have to say about PTA, with all its known military toxins being located adjacent to a Girl Scout’s Camp?

5.  How many live rounds are fired annually at PTA.  A Stryker EIS done more than a decade ago said 14.8 million.  What is the current figure and name all the weapon systems used?

6.  The Army has said that DU was prohibited in training as of 1996. No word on if and when DU was prohibited in training by the other military branches.  If DU was not prohibited from being used in training was it used at PTA until 1996 in other weapons besides Davy Crockett? NRC –take off your Davy Crockett blinders.  Today DU is used in a wide variety of weapons by all branches of the military:  20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 105mm, 120mm, etc..  Have any of these weapons been used at PTA, Schofield Barracks, and all the other sites where Davy Crockett DU spotting rounds were used? Or will we have to wait another 40 plus years for these questions to be addressed?

7.  The Hawaiian Island of Kaho’olawe (28,000 acres) was used as a bombing and live-fire target for more than 50 years.  A citizens movement lead by Native Hawaiians stopped the bombing. $450 million was spent to clean up the military mess.  It was suppose to clean the entire surface of UXO (Unexploded ordinance) and 2/3 of the island to a depth of 4 feet  so vegetation could be replanted.  The $450 million is gone and not even the entire surface has been cleared of UXO.  UXO is buried all over the island and in the waters surrounding the island. It’s still a mess and as far as I know has never been tested for the presence of DU.  PTA, at 133,000-acres is nearly 5 times as large as Kaho’olawe.  It has been used as a target for more than 70 years and has confirmed radiation contamination. What will be the cost of clean up at PTA?  Do the math.  And who is going to pay for it?  Not far from PTA is the Waikoloa 120,000-acre live-fire area that was used just for 2 years of training during WWII.  Today the estimated clean up cost of that site alone is over $700 million.  A measly $5-10million a year is presently being appropriated for clean up.  At that rate, at today’s prices, it would take 70-140 years for clean up.  Again, easy to make a mess.  Much harder to clean it up.  Always plenty of money for weapons and war.  NEVER enough money for clean up.

8. Finally, PTA is Hawaiian Kingdom government and crown occupied lands.  Hawaii as an independent nation was illegally overthrown by greedy U.S. businessmen with the direct involvement of the U.S. Marines.  Hawaii has been under U.S. military occupation ever since.  Pohakuloa is translated to mean: The Land of the Night of long prayer.  Pohakuloa is known as the sacred heavenly realm of unity between the three great mountains –Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai.  To bomb Pohakuloa and contaminate it with radiation is considered desecration and sacrilegious to Hawaii’s native people, the Kanaka Maoli, and those of us who believe we need to respect and honor native people’s spiritual beliefs and sacred sites.  It’s time for the U.S. to stop being the ugly American.  Pohakuloa is a good place to begin.  Stop the bombing and all live-fire at PTA.  Clean up the mess and end U.S. occupation.

Mahalo.
Jim Albertini
President of malu ‘Aina
Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org

On 3/20/2015 5:06 AM, Snyder, Amy wrote:

RESENT WITH UPDATE (on FRIDAY, March 20, 2015):

 

I appreciate your patience.  Here is the remaining information for the March 24, 2015 meeting between the Army and the NRC on the Davy Crockett License:

 

Draft Documents from Army Regarding March 24, 2015 Meeting on Depleted Uranium from the Davy Crockett Weapon System.

ML15078A092 DRAFT National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document

ML15078A099 DRAFT Decommissioning Funding Plan

ML15078A114 DRAFT Programmatic Approach for Preparation of Site-Specific Environmental Radiation Monitoring Plans

ML15078A115 DRAFT Proposed Amendments to Conditions of NRC SML # SUC-1593

ML15078A118 DRAFT “Radiation Safety Plan for IMCOM Ranges Affected by M101 Davy Crockett Spotting Round Depleted Uranium.”

 

These documents are located in package No. ML15078A094  (which I provided to you yesterday).  The package No. is not declared- so please use the individual ML numbers provided above. They are now publicly available.  The Army said that they will have one more draft document by Monday, March 23.  The NRC staff may not have enough time to review this draft so the NRC staff may not be able to have a detailed discussion on documents received late- in which case we may be in the listening mode.  I will try to get the draft document that is expected by Monday, March 23 in the our records system before the meeting.   If not,  I may be able to provide a pdf file.

 

March 24, 2015 Agenda:

Please see direct link: starts at 11:00 a.m. (eastern time) but topics that may relate the Hawaiian Sites starts at 1:30 p.m. (eastern time)

agenda at http://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/view?AccessionNumber=ML15078A425.

Agenda is on the second page.

 

Please note that I am responding separately to those who requested the toll free call in number or had additional questions.

 

Thank you for your interest in this meeting.

 

If you have any additional questions, please contact me.

 

 

Amy

 

Amy Snyder, Senior Project Manager

Materials Decommissioning Branch (MDB)

Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs (DUWP)

Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

Washington, D.C.  20555

 

( Office: (301) 415-6822

7 Fax: (301) 415-5369

– Mail Stop: T8-F5M

  • Location: T8-E06B

8 E-mail: amy.snyder@nrc.gov

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)/Army meeting on Hawaii DU contamination

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Press Release for immediate release March 22, 2015
Re: questions to the NRC and Army over radiation contamination in Hawaii and elsewhere
further contact: Jim Albertini 808-988-7622   email ja@malu-aina.org

Dear NRC and U.S. Army:
Regarding Davy Crockett “King of the Wild Frontier”  DU License to possess (Nuclear waste dump License) in Hawaii, at least 11 other states and 3 foreign countries (South Korea, Germany, and Japan).  I must note that whatever environmental process and laws and NRC provisions apply within the U.S. should also be applied to U.S. Bases in the three foreign countries where the U.S. admits using Davy Crockett DU spotting rounds.  The people in those countries have a right to know and have equal justice applied.
Below are questions that need answers.

1.  I have been informed by an investigative source that up to six Davy Crockett nuclear weapons were actually detonated at Pohakuloa in the late 1950s-early 1960s, not simply up to 2000 Davy Crockett DU spotting rounds used in training there.
Please attempt to confirm or deny this report by the March 24, 2015 meeting date and investigate if any U.S. nuclear explosions took place at military ranges other than the Nevada, Alamogordo, New Mexico, the Marshall Islands nuclear testing grounds, and Johnston Island. It took 43 years to confirm that DU spotting rounds were used at Pohakuloa.  I hope it will not take another 43 to confirm or accurately deny that nuclear weapons were detonated at PTA in the 1950s or early 60s.

Wikipedia says the Davy Crockett M-388 round used a version of the W54 warhead, a very small sub-kiloton fission device.   The Davy Crockett nuclear warhead (Mk-54) which was also basically the same warhead with a variable yield for the Special Atomic Demolition device and the AIM -26 Falcon air-to-air missile.  The yield range is 10-20 ton yield for the Davy Crockett, to 1 kiloton for the special atomic demolition munition, to 250 ton yield for the AIM-26 Falcon air-to-air missile.  Have any of these relatively low yield nuclear weapons been detonated at Pohakuloa or any other sites besides the Nevada Test Site.  I have seen a report that up to six Davy Crockett nuclear detonations have taken place at Pohakuloa.
Wikipedia
Mk-54 (Davy Crockett) — 10 or 20 ton yield, Davy Crockett Gun warhead Mk-54 (SADM) — variable yield 10 ton to 1 kiloton, Special Atomic Demolition Munition device W-54 — 250 ton yield, warhead for AIM-26 Falcon air-to-air missile 2.  For years Army officials repeatedly denied that DU was ever used in Hawaii. They lied.  Then they were caught with their pants down by Peace activists discovering in court documents that DU had been used on Oahu at Schofield Barracks but the Army was keeping it quiet.  Peace activist on Hawaii island stepped up radiation monitoring at Mauna Kea State Park near the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) and recorded initial radiation spikes several times background readings on May 29, 2007 with winds coming from the south off the base toward the park.  Three months later the Army admitted DU was used at Pohakuloa at some ranges approximately 1 mile south of Mauna Kea State park  Peace activists suspect DU was also used at the Army’s Makua bombing range on Oahu, the now closed military bombing range on the island of Kaho’olawe, Ka’ula bombing range near Ni’ihau, and perhaps other Hawaii sites.
On July, 2, 2008, the Hawaii County Council by a vote of 8-1 passed Resolution 639-08 calling for a halt to all live-fire at PTA due to the prtesence of Depleted Uranium radiation. The resolution called for clean up of the DU present at PTA and 7 other actions, none of which have been done by the Army.  This has been brought to the attention of the Army and NRC.  Why hasn’t action been taken as called for by the Hawaii County Council?

3.  Citizens want comprehensive, independent, testing and monitoring to determine the full extent of radiation contamination at PTA.  To date, the community has no confidence in the Army, NRC, etc. that such testing and monitoring will be done.  It’s now more than 50 years since DU was used in Hawaii and we still have nothing to assure the confidence of the community.  When will this pattern of denial, passing the buck, and delays change?  Or will it ever change? To date the response of the Army, State and federal officials has been shameful.

4.  With the new and improved Saddle Road passing through Pohakuloa, traffic has increased considerably.  So too the risk of radiation being spread by vehicles, high winds in the area, and flash flooding. If nothing else, what does the NRC have to say about PTA, with all its known military toxins being located adjacent to a Girl Scout’s Camp?

5.  How many live rounds are fired annually at PTA.  A Stryker EIS done more than a decade ago said 14.8 million.  What is the current figure and name all the weapon systems used?

6.  The Army has said that DU was prohibited in training as of 1996. No word on if and when DU was prohibited in training by the other military branches.  If DU was not prohibited from being used in training was it used at PTA until 1996 in other weapons besides Davy Crockett? NRC –take off your Davy Crockett blinders.  Today DU is used in a wide variety of weapons by all branches of the military:  20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 105mm, 120mm, etc..  Have any of these weapons been used at PTA, Schofield Barracks, and all the other sites where Davy Crockett DU spotting rounds were used? Or will we have to wait another 40 plus years for these questions to be addressed?

7.  The Hawaiian Island of Kaho’olawe (28,000 acres) was used as a bombing and live-fire target for more than 50 years.  A citizens movement lead by Native Hawaiians stopped the bombing. $450 million was spent to clean up the military mess.  It was suppose to clean the entire surface of UXO (Unexploded ordinance) and 2/3 of the island to a depth of 4 feet  so vegetation could be replanted.  The $450 million is gone and not even the entire surface has been cleared of UXO.  UXO is buried all over the island and in the waters surrounding the island. It’s still a mess and as far as I know has never been tested for the presence of DU.  PTA, at 133,000-acres is nearly 5 times as large as Kaho’olawe.  It has been used as a target for more than 70 years and has confirmed radiation contamination. What will be the cost of clean up at PTA?  Do the math.  And who is going to pay for it?  Not far from PTA is the Waikoloa 120,000-acre live-fire area that was used just for 2 years of training during WWII.  Today the estimated clean up cost of that site alone is over $700 million.  A measly $5-10million a year is presently being appropriated for clean up.  At that rate, at today’s prices, it would take 70-140 years for clean up.  Again, easy to make a mess.  Much harder to clean it up.  Always plenty of money for weapons and war.  NEVER enough money for clean up.

8. Finally, PTA is Hawaiian Kingdom government and crown occupied lands.  Hawaii as an independent nation was illegally overthrown by greedy U.S. businessmen with the direct involvement of the U.S. Marines.  Hawaii has been under U.S. military occupation ever since.  Pohakuloa is translated to mean: The Land of the Night of long prayer.  Pohakuloa is known as the sacred heavenly realm of unity between the three great mountains –Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai.  To bomb Pohakuloa and contaminate it with radiation is considered desecration and sacrilegious to Hawaii’s native people, the Kanaka Maoli, and those of us who believe we need to respect and honor native people’s spiritual beliefs and sacred sites.  It’s time for the U.S. to stop being the ugly American.  Pohakuloa is a good place to begin.  Stop the bombing and all live-fire at PTA.  Clean up the mess and end U.S. occupation.

Mahalo.
Jim Albertini
President of Malu ‘Aina


Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org

On 3/19/2015 1:36 PM, Snyder, Amy wrote:

RESENT WITH UPDATE:

 

Hello,

 

There has been a change to the agenda for the March 24, 2015 meeting between the Army and the NRC regarding adding the remaining sites that have depleted uranium from the Davy Crockett weapon system.   Specifically, the meeting agenda has been modified to start at 11:00 a.m. (eastern time) and end at 5:15 p.m. (eastern time).  Please note that the meeting announcement is updated to show the updated agenda.

 

The Link is http://meetings.nrc.gov/pmns/mtg?do=details&Code=20150266 (need to click on ML number under related documents) or  there is a direct link to agenda at http://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/view?AccessionNumber=ML15078A425.

 

Please note that currently there is no licensing review or licensing action.  This meeting is a pre-application submission meeting.  The meeting is not specific to the Hawaiian sites.  Topics that are related to the Hawaiian sites will begin at 1:30 p.m. (eastern time).

 

Army draft documents (not official records) :

View ADAMS P8 Properties ML15078A094

Open ADAMS P8 Package (Draft Documents from Army Regarding March 24, 2015 Meeting on Depleted Uranium from the Davy Crockett Weapon System)

These documents should be accessible to the public tomorrow (Friday, March 20).

 

Please let me know if you want the toll free number to call in to this meeting– as indicated in the meeting notice.   Some have requested this number already.  I will respond in a separate email to each of these individuals.

 

Thank you for your interest in the NRC’s mission and Source Materials License SUC-1593.  If you have any questions regarding the meeting notice, please contact me.

 

Thank you
A

 

Amy M. Snyder, Senior Project Manager

Materials Decommissioning Branch

Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery,and Waste Programs

Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards

301 415-6822

 

 

Hello,

 

I am the NRC Project Manager for the license that the NRC issued to the U.S. Army for depleted uranium from Davy Crocket spotting rounds.  I wanted to let you know that the NRC staff will hold a meeting on March 24, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) about this license.  The Army plans on submitting its application to add the remaining sites to be licensed.  The Army intends to address all of the sties, to include the Army’s Hawaiian installations, in its application.

 

The meeting announcement information can be found at:  http://meetings.nrc.gov/pmns/mtg.  The public is invited to observe this meeting and will have one or more opportunities to communicate with the NRC after the business portion of the meeting but before the meeting is adjourned. If you are interested in calling in to this meeting via a toll-free teleconference, please contact me and I will provide you with the needed information.

 

Thank you

 

Amy

 

Amy Snyder, Senior Project Manager

Materials Decommissioning Branch (MDB)

Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs (DUWP)

Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

Washington, D.C.  20555

 

( Office: (301) 415-6822

7 Fax: (301) 415-5369

– Mail Stop: T8-F5M

  • Location: T8-E06B

8 E-mail: amy.snyder@nrc.gov

 

Brief report on Hawaii TPP protest

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

TPP secret deal

Here is a brief report of the TPP protest:  (photos to follow)

Hawaii had a a very spirited protest against TPP on Sat. March 14th from 11-1PM at the Waikoloa Marriott Beach Hotel. More than 60 people gathered on the highway fronting the hotel property and held signs and banners against TPP for the first hour and leaflets were handed out to passing vehicles at the traffic light. (Leaflet below).  People came from all over the island and included Native Hawaiian leaders, ILWU  Union members, peace, environmental and anti-GMO activists, etc.  Signs and banners included: “Secret meetings taking place here.” “NO TPP –Backroom deal -License to Steal,” TPP Kills Jobs, Kills Nature, Kills Home Rule.”  “Stop TPP Fast Track –People Before Profits.” There were even signs in Japanese against TPP.  The response from those passing by in vehicles and on foot was very positive.

At 12 noon, about 30 people moved from the highway to the King’s trail area near the King and Queen marketplace areas of the resort complex to continue the protest and hand out leaflets to TPP delegates passing by on the sidewalks to and from the nearby restaurants and shops.  The King’s trail is a public trail where free speech rights must be recognized within resort private property.  Some delegates passing by wanted their pictures taken next to a protest vehicle truck with magnetic signs that read “No TPP: People Power Not 1% Rule.” and “No TPP –No License to Steal.” Hotel security were upset that the truck was parked in the parking area clearly marked “King’s Trail Parking Area.”  They wanted the truck removed but protesters stood firm.
At the King’s trail, several county police eventually arrived and I heard one of the officers falsely assert that the trail was private hotel property.  But the protests continued.

Another dozen protesters went to walk the public shoreline area carrying protest signs and offer informational leaflets to people on the beach fronting the resort.  Hotel security again tried to dispute people’s first amendment rights on the shoreline and the legal definition of the shoreline which is “the high wash of the high seasonal surf,” not the low or high tide mark.  When protesters turned their cameras on to record the encounter, the security supervisor refused to say another word and left the area.

No arrests were made throughout the day.  The protest was peaceful.  Still, people’s rights of peaceful protest need to be clarified and respected by hotel security and police on Hawaii’s public trails and shorelines.  And of course corporations, and things like TPP, trampling on peoples rights and destroying the earth need to be stopped by united global citizen action.
Jim Albertini for Malu ‘Aina

ALOHA ‘AINA “DAY OF ACTION”

AGAINST TPP & FOR

HOME RULE, SOVEREIGNTY,

DEMOCRACY AND TRANSPARENCY

      Secret international TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnershp) trade talks are taking place March 9-15, 2015 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and Waikoloa Hilton Hotels. TPP has been described as NAFTA (North American Free-Trade Agreement) on steroids. It is a totally non-transparent meeting of the world’s “1%” to negotiate a mega-treaty that would give ultimate power to corporations like Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Goldman-Sachs, Philip Morris, Apple, G.E., GM, etc.

TPP octopus

      This is big!  We need to put the emergency brake on Fast Tracking of TPP. It will grant corporate domination of county, state, and national sovereignty, threaten native peoples’ land, sacred sites and traditional customs and practices, jobs, labor rights, and the environment. TPP will increase the gap between rich and poor, and result in further militarization in the Pacific. All to benefit corporate profits and the super rich 1%.

  • TPP will offshore millions of good-paying jobs to low-wage nations, undercutting working conditions globally and increasing unemployment.
  • TPP will expand pharmaceutical monopoly protections and institute longer patents that will  decrease access to affordable medications
  • TPP will potentially limit GMO Home Rule laws, GMO labeling, and allow the import of goods that do not meet US safe standards.
  • TPP will encourage the privatization of lands and natural resources in areas where indigenous people live.
  • TPP will roll back Wall Street regulations, prohibit bans on risky financial services, and establish international corporate tribunals to collect damages from governments that hurt corporate profits.

Countries involved: U.S. Japan, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Hawai’i Loa Ku Like Kakou! All Hawai’i & the Pacific Stand Together!

Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622. Email
: ja@malu-aina.org http://www.malu-aina.org

Carpooling, Leaflet, and Non-violent code of conduct for March 14, 2015 TPP protest

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Aloha kakou,
Those heading from Hilo to the Waikoloa Marriott for the 11-1PM protest of TPP on Saturday, March 14, 2015, please stop at the parking area at the corner of Komohana and Saddle Rd near Puainakao to help with carpooling if you have extra room in your vehicle.  Cars should leave that area for Waikoloa at 9AM.  People need rides and we can reduce the number of vehicles traveling.
Mahalo for your kokua.

Below is a leaflet for distribution at the protest and a non-violent code of conduct for the TPP protest.
Jim —

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Mahalo for joining the Aloha ‘Aina Day of Action

Against TPP and For Home-Rule, Sovereignty, Democracy, and Transparency.

March 14, 2015 Waikoloa Beach Resorts 11-1PM

We have come to affirm our right of peaceful protest of TPP (so called Trans-Pacific Partnership)and to affirm positive values of aloha ‘aina. We stand in the spirit of aloha and we ask that everyone adhere to the principles of non-violence. This means if hostility is directed at us, we return aloha, and not engage with the hostility. Please spread out, do not block each others signs, and be very careful of traffic. Stay off the roadway. Wave to passing cars and spread aloha. Please abide by the following:

Nonviolent Action Code of Conduct

  1. Our attitude will be one of openness and respect toward all we encounter in our actions.
  2. We will use no violence, verbal or physical, toward any person.
  3. We will not harm anyone, and we will not retaliate in reaction to violence.
  4. We will not carry weapons.
  5. We will neither be under the influence nor bring any non-prescribed drugs or alcohol.
  6. We will neither bring dogs nor other animals, except for service animals.
  7. During our demonstration we will not run nor make threatening motions.
  8. In case of any confrontation, we will sit down.
  9. We will not destroy or damage property.

Following sign holding on the highway from 11-12 noon, participants may want to consider some options:

  1. Continue holding signs from 12-1PM on the highway fronting the Waikoloa resorts.
  2. To hold signs from 12-1PM on the King’s trail as the trail intersects the roadway to the Waikoloa Marriott Beach and Hilton Hotels. Parking for the King’s trail is available at the King’s Market Place. Please stay on the trail (which is quite narrow) and do not block or impede traffic — pedestrian or vehicle. The King’s Trail is public. The surrounding area is private and off limits to free-speech. We will have leaflets to offer to people passing on the sidewalks, including TPP participants. (Those wanting to join the King’s trail protest please wear red arm bands.)
  3. To walk and hold signs on the public shoreline fronting the Waikoloa Beach Marriott at ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay. The road to the Bay, the parking lot, and the beach are private and off limits to protest. What is public is the shoreline, defined as the high wash of the high seasonal surf. That’s a gray area so to avoid possible conflict, please stay below the high wash of the waves at high tide. We could walk the length of the beach and back holding signs. We will have leaflets to offer to people within the shoreline area only, not to people on the general beach (private property) area. (The parking lot at the beach is likely to be filled at 12 noon. Those with trucks could shuttle people to and from the shoreline from the Kings marketplace near the King’s trail. (Those wanting to join the shoreline protest please wear yellow arm bands.)

Both the King’s Trail and shoreline sign holding and leafleting increase the risk of possible hostile encounters either by members of the public, hotel security and/or police. Those undertaking this action need to be aware of this, prepare yourself for this possibility, even though these areas are clearly public access areas where free-speech rights should apply. No arrests are planned. This is a peaceful assertion of our right to protest and to affirm aloha ‘aina over TPP. Mahalo for your aloha.

Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org www.malu-aina.org

 

ALOHA ‘AINA “DAY OF ACTION”

AGAINST TPP & FOR

HOME RULE, SOVEREIGNTY,

DEMOCRACY AND TRANSPARENCY

Secret international TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnershp) trade talks are taking place March 9-15, 2015 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and Waikoloa Hilton Hotels. TPP has been described as NAFTA (North American Free-Trade Agreement) on steroids. It is a totally non-transparent meeting of the world’s “1%” to negotiate a mega-treaty that would give ultimate power to corporations like Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Goldman-Sachs, Philip Morris, Apple, G.E., GM, etc.

TPP octopus

      This is big!  We need to put the emergency brake on Fast Tracking of TPP. It will grant corporate domination of county, state, and national sovereignty, threaten native peoples’ land, sacred sites and traditional customs and practices, jobs, labor rights, and the environment. TPP will increase the gap between rich and poor, and result in further militarization in the Pacific. All to benefit corporate profits and the super rich 1%.

  • TPP will offshore millions of good-paying jobs to low-wage nations, undercutting working conditions globally and increasing unemployment.
  • TPP will expand pharmaceutical monopoly protections and institute longer patents that will  decrease access to affordable medications
  • TPP will potentially limit GMO Home Rule laws, GMO labeling, and allow the import of goods that do not meet US safe standards.
  • TPP will encourage the privatization of lands and natural resources in areas where indigenous people live.
  • TPP will roll back Wall Street regulations, prohibit bans on risky financial services, and establish international corporate tribunals to collect damages from governments that hurt corporate profits.

Countries involved: U.S. Japan, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Hawai’i Loa Ku Like Kakou! All Hawai’i & the Pacific Stand Together!

Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622. Email
: ja@malu-aina.org http://www.malu-aina.org