DEPLETED URANIUM (DU)
A very important article was published this week in the Honolulu based Civil Beat on “The Health Risks of Depleted Uranium in Hawaii.” Here’s the link to the article.
The authors are: Public Health Doctor Carol Murry, Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD, 25 years in the Army Medical Corps, Dr. Mike Reimer, PhD retired nuclear geologist, and Dr. Doug Rokke, PhD retired Army Major in charge of DU clean up in Iraq after the first Gulf War.
After years of denying Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation weapons use in Hawaii, evidence was produced in 2007 that DU had in fact been used starting in the early 1960s by the U.S. military at Schofield Barracks in central Oahu and the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawaii island and possibly other Hawaii sites. The article clearly states “Depleted uranium, or DU, is a serious threat to health in Hawaii, where it was introduced through military activity.” Dr. Pang says that “inhaled DU oxide” dust particles are the specific hazard. The article says “More than 50 years of bombing at PTA, increased traffic on the new Saddle Road passing through PTA, combined with strong winds in the area and occasional flash flooding have provided increased potential pathways of public exposure to DU aerosol particles and potential transport of DU around the island. Furthermore, military and civilian work forces are possibly exposed daily, families and visitors picnic in the area, and a county park and Girl Scout camps are nearby.”
The article is a call to action. “Comprehensive, independent testing and monitoring should be done at military expense, in cooperation with groups wishing to cooperate with the Army and State to determine the full extent of radiation contamination related to training sites.” The article concludes by noting “that the Hawaii County Council in July 2008, by a vote of 8-1 passed resolution 639-08, calling for stopping all live-fire at PTA and cleaning up the DU present.” But the military still continues live-fire at PTA. Here is a 17 min video by Isaac “Paka” Harp of Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD on the dangers of Depleted Uranium https://vimeo.com/19153948
Article on US bombing Syria with DU weapons http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46499.htm
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