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Last call for public comment on Pohakuloa Environmental Assessment (EA)

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Deadline for Public comment is Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018  Please send in something, however brief.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

See below for where to email and one of 9 testimonies on various topics I sent in.  You can view the 191 page EA here 

oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/Other_TEN_Publications/2018-07-23-HA-NEPA-EA-Draft-FONSI-Pohakuloa-Training-Area-Cantonment-Facilities-Improvement.pdf#search=PTA

Re: Sample public testimony on Pohakuloa $210 million construction project Please send in testimony

On 8/4/2018 10:29 PM, Jim Albertini wrote:
Attn: Lisa Graham
usaghi.pao.comrel@us.army.mil
US Army EA Public Works Environmental Division

Our organization calls for a Full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed $210 million building project at PTA.  
There are lots of things that need more consideration:

Our organization believes that PTA is a toxic waste dump after 75 years of bombing and live-fire, with a toxic stew of chemicals used, 
including Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation.  Given this reality it should be assumed there may likely be extensive contamination in the proposed
demolition and construction area.  Afterall, while PTA has a designated "Impact Area" it's maps of PTA say "WARNING: ALL OF PTA IS CONSIDERED A DUD HAZARD AREA."
In simple terms, whatever was used anywhere on the base should be considered in the proposed construction area.  I would go much farther.  
It is likely off the base as well, like Bob Dylan says "blowing in the wind"... at Mauna Kea park in the childrens playground, at the nearby Girl Scout Camp, into 
and on all the vehicles that use the Daniel K. Inouye (Saddle Road) highway and downwind --noth, south, east and west, depending on the wind conditions of the day.

The statement on page vii of the executive summary which says "Employment of personnel qualified to identify and handle hazardous materials if unexpectedly
encountered" shows the disconnect from reality of the approach to this demolition and construction project.  It is NOT "unexpectedly encountered."  It is 
expectedly encountered.  And we want a more comprehensive look at the matter through a full EIS.
-- 
Jim Albertini
Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
email ja@malu-aina.org
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Remember Hiroshima: Never Again!

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Mahalo and solidarity with Allison Shiozaki on this Hiroshima Day remembrance

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Send in public comments on Pohakuloa Environmental Assessment by Aug. 7th

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Comments due by Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018  Email to Attn: Lisa Graham usaghi.pao.comrel@us.army.mil

Below is an example of testimony: Call for a full ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, not just an Environmental Assessment.

Attn: Lisa Graham
usaghi.pao.comrel@us.army.mil
US Army EA Public Works Environmental Division

Our organization calls for a Full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed $210 million building project at PTA.  
There are lots of things that need more consideration:

Our organization believes that PTA is a toxic waste dump after 75 years of bombing and live-fire, with a toxic stew of chemicals used, 
including Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation.  Given this reality it should be assumed there may likely be extensive contamination in the proposed
demolition and construction area.  Afterall, while PTA has a designated "Impact Area" it's maps of PTA say "WARNING: ALL OF PTA IS CONSIDERED A DUD HAZARD AREA."
In simple terms, whatever was used anywhere on the base should be considered in the proposed construction area.  I would go much farther.  
It is likely off the base as well, like Bob Dylan says "blowing in the wind"... at Mauna Kea park in the childrens playground, at the nearby Girl Scout Camp, into 
and on all the vehicles that use the Daniel K. Inouye (Saddle Road) highway and downwind --noth, south, east and west, depending on the wind conditions of the day.

The statement on page vii of the executive summary which says "Employment of personnel qualified to identify and handle hazardous materials if unexpectedly
encountered" shows the disconnect from reality of the approach to this demolition and construction project.  It is NOT "unexpectedly encountered."  It is 
expectedly encountered.  And we want a more comprehensive look at the matter through a full EIS.
-- 
Jim Albertini
Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
email ja@malu-aina.org
visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org
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$210 Million for Military Building at Pohakuloa Training Area

Community Input Needed

    The 191 page Environmental Assessment (EA) done for the PTA building upgrade is available here oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/Other_TEN_Publications/2018-07-23-HA-NEPA-EA-Draft-FONSI-Pohakuloa-Training-Area-Cantonment-Facilities-Improvement.pdf#search=PTA 

Press Release on Pohakuloa $210 million building project and don’t forget the Pohakuloa Protest Aug. 1st.

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Press Release on Pohakuloa Environmental Assessment

Malu Aina 966-7622  ja@malu-aina.org

A  request for a 2 week extension of the public comment period was sent to the Army today and assistance was asked from the offices of Senator Brian Schatz and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Below is Jim Albertini’s email to the Army

Attn: Lisa Graham usaghi.pao.comrel@us.army.mil US Army EA Public Works Environmental Division Our organization requests an extension of the comment period beyond Aug. 7, 2018 for the EA concerning construction of new buildings at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA). The original publication in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald on July 13, 2018 page A-8 listed a site to view the EA that was not accessible. As far as I know there has been no republication of a correct on-line site for viewing the document. I had to make numerous phone calls to get a correct link to access the site. In addition an Army site link contains a WARNING to my web browser and others that the site is not secure and advises not to go forward. This is not conducive and inviting for public input and should be corrected. I would suggest at least a 2 week extension of the deadline for public comments and a republication in the Big island daily newspapers of an online site for accessing the EA if you really want public input. Mahalo for your consideration. Aloha, — Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 email ja@malu-aina.org visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org sign up on our website to automatically receive our posts

$210 Million for Military Building at Pohakuloa Training Area

Community Input Needed

      A major $210 million upgrade is planned at the 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawaii Island. PTA is used as a live-fire training area for all branches of the US military, and even other countries as with RIMPAC 2018. From June 27 until Aug. 2, 2018 some 26 nations (including Israel for the first time) will participate in RIMPAC war games on land, sea and air in and around Hawaii.  Participating will be 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.  The war exercises include bombing and shelling the Pohakuloa Training Area in the center of Hawaii Island.

     The 191 page Environmental Assessment (EA) done for the PTA building upgrade is available here oeqc2.doh.hawaii.gov/Other_TEN_Publications/2018-07-23-HA-NEPA-EA-Draft-FONSI-Pohakuloa-Training-Area-Cantonment-Facilities-Improvement.pdf#search=PTA  Paper copies are suppose to be available at the Hilo, Kona, and Waimea libraries. Deadline for public comments to be received via email or postal mail is Tuesday August 7, 2018 though an extension of time has been requested, but not yet granted. Comments with reasons calling for a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and/or NO action can be submitted via email to Attn: Lisa Graham usaghi.pao.comrel@us.army.mil or sent via US postal mail Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Division (IMHW-PWE) Attn: Lisa Graham, 947 Wright Ave. Wheeler Army Airfield, Schofield Barracks, HI 96857-5013.

      The $210 million upgrade at PTA includes the demolition and replacing 123 buildings. Nothing in the current EA addresses the wide range of military toxins, including radioactive Depleted Uranium oxide particles (DU oxide) which have been used in the 75 years of bombing and other live-fire at PTA. There needs to be comprehensive, independent testing and monitoring for DU oxide and other military toxins at these PTA buildings which are adjacent to the newly improved Saddle Rd. The EA does not make clear the land status of the building area. Is it leased lands, approximately 23,000-acres (lease DA-94-626-ENG-80due to expire in 2029) Presidential Executive Order #11167 (approximately 84,000-acre) seized land, Governor’s Executive Order #1719 (approximately 800-acres) seized lands, or lands more recently purchased from Parker Ranch – approximately 23,000-acres.

      More information in recent years has become available about the US illegal overthrow and continuing illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom. No treaty of Annexation of Hawaii exists. Therefore, would not Presidential and Governor Executive Orders and leases of illegally seized Hawaiian Kingdom lands also be illegal?

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August 3, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 880th week – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

 

On 7/29/2018 7:37 PM, Jim Albertini wrote:

STOP BOMBING HAWAII!

For people, plants, and animals, air, land and sea!

PROTEST

Wednesday, Aug. 1st

10AM – 12 Noon

Pohakuloa Main Gate

Carpools leave Hilo 9AM. Meet at Komohana & Saddle Rd.

From June 27 until Aug. 2, 2018 some 26 nations (including Israel for the first time) will participate in RIMPAC war games on land, sea and air in and around Hawaii.  Participating will be 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.  The war exercises include bombing and shelling the Pohakuloa Training Area in the center of Hawaii Island.

Please pass the word! Mahalo.

For more information 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
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Reminder: Wednesday Aug. 1 Protest of RIMPAC at Pohakuloa

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

STOP BOMBING HAWAII!

For people, plants, and animals, air, land and sea!

PROTEST

Wednesday, Aug. 1st

10AM – 12 Noon

Pohakuloa Main Gate

Carpools leave Hilo 9AM. Meet at Komohana & Saddle Rd.

From June 27 until Aug. 2, 2018 some 26 nations (including Israel for the first time) will participate in RIMPAC war games on land, sea and air in and around Hawaii.  Participating will be 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.  The war exercises include bombing and shelling the Pohakuloa Training Area in the center of Hawaii Island.

Please pass the word! Mahalo.

For more information 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
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