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Native Hawaiians Fight US Navy for Polluting Island’s Water

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022

Native Hawaiians Fight US Navy for Polluting Island’s Water

Under the cover of pre-dawn darkness, Native Hawaiians surprised the gates of the US Navy Command with a civil disobedience action over the #RedHill fuel leak. Empire Files producer Mike Prysner was on the ground.

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Navy continues fight against emergency order on Red Hill

The Navy is continuing its fight against a state order to drain its Red Hill fuel tanks and suspend fueling operations until the Hawaii Department of Health is satisfied the facility can be operated safely.

On Wednesday, an attorney for the Navy filed 43 pages worth of objections to a determination issued Monday by a DOH hearing officer that the state’s emergency order should be upheld. Navy attorney Craig Jensen argued that the basis for many of the state official’s conclusions lack supporting evidence and that the state overstepped its statutory authority in issuing the emergency order.

While the Navy already is working to satisfy many of the requirements detailed in the emergency order, it particularly objects to the requirement that it remove all the fuel from its underground tanks. The emergency order also makes the Navy subject to the state’s determination of when, and if, it can resume fueling operations.

DOH issued the emergency order Dec. 6 amid a mounting crisis in which thousands of residents in and around Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam were displaced from their homes amid fuel odors coming from faucets. Approximately 93,000 residents on the Navy’s water system have been advised not to drink the water as the Navy works to flush and test it.

The Navy contested the emergency order, prompting a contested case hearing last week that involved roughly 13 hours of testimony from witnesses called by the Navy and DOH, as well as the Honolulu Board of Water Supply and Hawaii Sierra Club, which were allowed to intervene as parties to the proceedings.

On Monday, David Day, the DOH hearing officer overseeing the contested case, issued a proposed decision and order that called the Red Hill fuel facility a “ticking time bomb” that was guaranteed to continue to leak fuel. Day said the aging facility posed an imminent peril to human health and the environment.

The Navy objected to many of the findings and conclusions in Day’s proposed order, saying they lacked evidentiary support and that there was no indication the hearing officer weighed competing and critical evidence.

 
 

For instance, the Navy said that Day’s conclusions “about the nature of the imminent peril or the characteristics of the Red Hill facility as a whole” lacked citations that would allow the Navy to respond to the evidence on which they were based.

The Navy also argued that Day had “expressly refused to consider or weigh evidence” on the Navy’s actions to comply with a corrective action plan for the fuel facility that dates back to 2015, as well as its current efforts to address the petroleum pollution in its Red Hill drinking water shaft and distribution system.

“Arbitrarily excluding an entire category of evidence pertaining to the Navy’s testing, monitoring, sampling, environmental efforts and knowledge is an error, to which the Navy takes exception,” Jensen wrote.

The Navy also argued the state lacked the authority to issue the emergency order, which it said should relate strictly to the current water contamination crisis, not the broader question of whether continuing to operate the Red Hill facility is safe for human health and the environment.

The Navy also objected to findings in the proposed order that there have been 76 recorded fuel releases at the Red Hill facility since its construction in the 1940s, noting that 30 of those were tied to a now-removed leak detection system that was known to show “false positives.” An expert witness for the Board of Water Supply had testified there were likely many more leaks at the facility that were never recorded. But the Navy said there was no evidence to support this.

DOH Deputy Director Marian Tsuji now has 30 days to make a final decision on whether to uphold the emergency order, though that might not be the end of the legal wrangling. The Navy can appeal an unfavorable decision in court.

Navy officials have not responded to questions from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about whether they intend to do so if the state keeps the emergency order in place.

The Navy filing was quickly panned by Earthjustice attorney David Henkin, who is representing the Hawaii Sierra Club.

 
 

Henkin noted the Navy has a right to file exceptions to the hearing officer’s proposed decision and order. “But it also has a moral obligation to acknowledge the reality that every day it fights this emergency order, is another day that O‘ahu’s (principal) source of drinking water remains at risk for catastrophic and irreversible contamination,” he said in a statement.

Dec. 31, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil photo

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

Dec. 31, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil photo

Wage Peace Not War!

 

Excellent 11 min video on Red Hill Water struggle

Friday, December 31st, 2021

Excellent 11 min video on Red Hill Water struggle

Native Hawaiians Fight US Navy for Polluting Island’s Water

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mMsGi11F-U&t=5s

What’s Ahead in 2022 — Dec. 31, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

What’s Ahead in 2022?

      The US Military budget of $768 Billion for 2022 passed Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. In fact, Congress added $24 Billion more to the military budget than President Joe Biden requested. Hawaii’s Congressional delegation – Mazie Hirono, Brian Schatz, Kai Kahele and Ed Case – all voted for it. Let’s face it. Weapons of war are the US modern day “Golden Calf” – False gods of metal. The U.S. needs a 12 step program to end it’s addiction to War. Red Hill military fuel leaking into Hawaii’s drinking water should be a big wake up call.

      In contrast to the ever increasing US Military budget, Biden’s proposed “Build Back Better” bill has been chopped from $3.5 Trillion to $1.75 Trillion or less over 10 Years. It still hasn’t passed. Do the math: $700+ Billion per year over 10 years for militarism equals more than $7 Trillion. Congress says No problem! But $1.75 Trillion over 10 years (¼ of military spending) for meeting critical human needs is a problem – money for child and health care, combating climate change, reduce prescription drug costs, college completion grants, public housing repairs, food security, forest and park preservation, etc. It shows what the US priorities are! It’s all about big guns over human needs.

      The US is saber rattling with Russia and China and the danger of nuclear war is ever present. Let’s remember, it was the US that promised Russia that NATO would not move eastward. The US broke its promise time and time again. The US and NATO are on Russia’s door step. The US helped initiate a coup in Ukraine and in many other countries. Remember the Jan. 17, 1893 coup when US troops assisted in the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani and the independent nation of Hawaii?

      Overall, the US is a dangerous, desperate, declining, over extended empire and it must create enemies to feed its war machine even if it starves its own people. In biblical terms the US is great at pointing at the speck in another nation’s eye while ignoring the log in its own eye. Add to this situation the continuing Covid pandemic, and a growing dangerous domestic divide with Trump fascism hanging in the balance, and the picture is not bright. But all hope is not lost. No lie can live forever! Like the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, we need to celebrate, be joyful, live a life of non-violence, kapu aloha, and work for peace, justice, a demilitarized world, a free Hawaii, and a livable planet. Never give up!

Wage Peace Not War! Happy New Year!

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

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Military Toxins from Red Hill to PTA, etc.

Sunday, December 26th, 2021

Letter to the editor: Military Toxins from Red Hill to PTA, etc.

Mahalo to all citizens, media and officials, especially Ernie Lau of the
Honolulu Board of Water Supply, for speaking out on the Red Hill Water Crisis. 
Shut down and drain the tanks. We need more public officials like Ernie Lau who put principle before
money and politics, and speaks out for the common good.

Here on Hawaii Island we have been raising questions for years about
contamination of air, land, and water from the many military toxins used
at the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of the
island at 6,500 feet elevation.  Concern about a military toxic stew
include. lead, perchlorate, PFAS, Depleted Uranium (DU), etc. etc. 
Highly cancerous DU oxide particles can be carried long distances in the
wind.  Every year, millions of live-rounds, including howitzers,
missiles, bunker buster bombs, etc, are fired at PTA that create massive
dust clouds. Visitors and residents alike — people, plants and animals, are all down hill and downwind
from PTA which we call the Pohakuloa Toxic Area.  But instead of answers
to serious questions, all we get is silence from public officials. The
time for answers is NOW before it’s too late. What military toxins are
blowing in the Wind from PTA? And what military toxins are in the 2
water wells drilled nearly 9 years ago at PTA but are still not being
used?  PTA continues to spend $2 million/year hauling water to PTA which
the military now wants to expand by nearly 100,000 acres, according to
the Military Land Use Master Plan.

Jim Albertini


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 Visit us on the web at
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