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OCCL of DLNR critical comments of EIS at Pohakuloa

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

PTA DLNR comment doc

Stop the Bombing! Shut Down PTA!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

State says Military Training at Pohakuloa Not Compatible with Conservation Land!

 

B-2, B-52 strategic nuclear bombers, Reaper Assassin drones, and other military aircraft practice bombing at Pohakuloa.

     Hurrah! Bravo! Finally! Better late than never! Bombing and desecrating the aina at Pohakuloa has got to stop. It’s been going on far too long. Now the State of Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is saying what activists have been saying for decades.

     The DLNR statement was made public by Hawaii News Now reporter Mahealani Richardson. https://tinyurl.com/5urwa4py According to the news report, the DLNR’s Office of Conservation and Coastal Land issued a June 7 document in response to the Army’s draft EIS statement. The Army wants to renew its 65-year lease, which expires in 2029. Currently, the Army is paying a grand total of $1 for the 65-year lease of 23,000 acres of State land at Pohakuloa. The OCCL document said, “Military use that involves maneuvers, ammunition, artillery and mortar systems, depleted uranium, explosives, firing points, hazardous materials and waste, live fire, unexploded ordnance, and weapons systems do not appear to be consistent with the Conservation District.” It added, “The OCCL was alarmed at the number of previous dump sites on the state-leased land. It is inappropriate to conduct this type of warfare practice upon Conservation District land adjacent to areas designated as critical habitat for the palila; and a recreational campground for the people of Hawaii.” The state documents said the Army’s draft EIS does not meet requirements and has major gaps. Over the years, live fire at the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area, located in the dry, windy, Saddle Area in the center of Hawaii Island, has been the source of numerous brush fires. What toxins are blowing in the wind, dust, and smoke of those fires? For decades, Malu Aina has been calling for high-tech air filter monitors (at military expense) around PTA to see what military toxins are coming off the base. To date, nothing has been done. It’s time for action!

     Besides canceling, or not renewing, the PTA state lease, it is also time to cancel the Presidential Executive Order of 1964 that gave the military 84,000 acres of land at PTA for zero cost. Canceling the Presidential Order in 1990 for military lands on Kaho’olawe, after years of Hawaiian protest, is what officially stopped the bombing there and resulted in Kaho’olawe being returned to the State.

Stop the Bombing! Shut Down PTA! Clean Up the Military mess!

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Who named this Pohakuloa fire, the Leilani fire?

Sunday, August 14th, 2022

Who named this Pohakuloa fire, the Leilani fire? Is it meant to divert attention away from Pohakuloa and the toxins blowing in the smoke and the wind? Was not Pohakuloa the source of the original fire?

Jim Albertini

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Blue Angels glorification of war show

Friday, August 12th, 2022

With all the hype over the “Blue Angels” fighter jet show this weekend Aug. 12th in Kaneohe. Here’s a reminder of the true cost of those fighter jets. And don’t forget the military jet fuel contamination in the Red Hill water wells.

letter to Pohakuloa military officials about possible criminal negligence

Friday, August 12th, 2022

Cronin, Kevin E LTC USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (USA) <kevin.e.cronin.mil@mail.mil>

Borce, Loreto V Jr LTC USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (US) <loreto.v.borce.mil@mail.mil>

Aloha LTC Cronin, commanding officer at PTA

LTC Borce, former commanding officer at PTA

Please read the press release below.

You both know, or should know, the stew of toxins that have been used over the 75 years in live-fire, and other activities, at PTA.

To not be doing air filter monitoring 24/7 for what’s coming off PTA, especially during brush fires, in my view is criminal negligence.  It’s as bad, if not worse, than the Navy contaminating the water supply on Oahu with leaking jet fuel, and taking no action or covering it up.

Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD and 24 years in the Army medical corps, told PTA officials 14 years ago that PTA should have air filters 369 degrees around PTA for a full year, to see what toxins are coming off the base.  PTA has done NOTHING of substance, only token efforts to keep repeating the lie — “NO PROBLEM — PTA IS A GOOD STEWART OF THE ENVIRONMENT.”

Jim

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Press Release: What toxins are in the Pohakuloa Brush fire smoke?

Aug. 10, 2022 photo of Pohakuloa Brush Fire by Councilman Tim Richards in Big Island video news

     On Aug. 10, 2022, another large brush fire has been reported at Pohakuloa.  Less than a month ago, another large brush fire at Pohakuloa was reported. But is any county, state, or federal agency using air filters to determine what, if any, toxins are in the smoke coming off the Pohakuloa fires?  Pohakuloa is home to more than 75 years of military live-fire bombing, artillery, and other munitions use, including radioactive Depleted Uranium (DU) nuclear weapon spotting rounds.  DU metal when burned by high explosives turns into small deadly DU oxide particles that can be carried long distances in the wind and brush fire smoke, and easily inhaled.  Fires and wind at Pohakuloa can possibly spread a wide range of military toxins from PTA off base.

On Aug. 10, 2022, US President Joe Biden signed the Pact Act of 2022, which provides veterans health care for suffering from toxic smoke from military “Burn Pits” in war zones.  That’s important legislation, but what about current troops and civilians living around military bases like Pohakuloa?  We should at least know what toxins, if any, are coming off the base, especially during large brush fires.  But is anyone doing air filter monitoring?

Is Hawaii island experiencing airborne military contamination?  We now know on Oahu, that the military has contaminated the groundwater wells beneath Red Hill fuel tanks but for years no federal, state, or county agencies did anything.

Where are our elected officials and candidates running for public office?  What actions are you taking about the Pohakuloa brush fires and possible toxins coming off the base?

JIm Albertini

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Jim Albertini, president -- 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 www.malu-aina.org