Archive for March, 2016

Email to Pohakuloa Base commander

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Aloha Lt. Col. Peterson — Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) commander:
Can you please email me a map of the location of the brush fire that’s been burning for the past week at PTA?  Also, why wasn’t  air monitoring done down wind of the fire to see what possible toxic particles from 70 years of bombing are in the smoke, including Depleted Uranium (DU) which has been confirmed to have been used at PTA?
Mahalo for your prompt response.
Jim Albertini

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

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) whitewash response to ongoing Pohakuloa brush fire in Impact area

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) whitewash response to ongoing Pohakuloa brush fire in Impact area

Below is a short NRC response to questions about the ongoing Pohaluloa brush fire that has been burning for 1 week in the “Impact Area” of 70 years of bombing and live fire in the center of Hawaii Island.    The NRC response claims the fire is not in an area containing DU but the reality is they do not know where all the DU is located and how much has been fired at PTA.   DU was first used there in 1960.   It has not been reported that any air monitoring has been done down wind of the fire to determine what possible toxins are in the smoke.  Not by the Army, nor the State Department of Health, Civil Defense, nor EPA, NRC, etc.  My experience with the Army is that they have always low balled potential problems.  They have not been transparent.  For years they denied that DU was ever used at Pohakuloa and other sites in Hawaii until peace activists uncovered legal documents and exposed its use.  The NRC, which is suppose to regulate nuclear matters, for the most part has rubber stamped the nuclear industry, much like Bank regulators rubber stamp Wall St. crimes.  I consider the NRC response unacceptable.  It is based on faulty assumptions and lacks any confident air monitoring data from the present brush fire.  In short, if you don’t look, you will not find.  The answer to what toxins people, plants and animals may be exposed to is still blowing in the wind and smoke of the Pohakuloa brush fire.
Jim Albertiini

From: “Snyder, Amy” <>
Subject: RE: Pohakuloa brush fires
Date: March 31, 2016 10:07:41 AM HST


The U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has confirmed that the brush fire at Pohakuloa is not affecting any of the areas containing depleted uranium. The Army’s analysis, which the NRC confirmed through its own independent review, shows that even when the Army trains with high explosives, the doses from DU to people both on the range and outside the ranges are not expected to exceed the NRC’s dose constraint of
10 millirem per year. The brush fire, if it did impact areas containing DU, would be expected to result in even lower doses than the high explosives training.
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
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Brush fire burning on Pohakuloa Military base Impact Area where Depleted Uranium and other military toxins are present.

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Press Release for immediate release 12:30PM Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Re: Brush fire burning in Pohakuloa Training Area  (PTA) weapons impact area where Depleted Uranium and other militarty toxins are present.
further contact: jim Albertini 808-966-7622, email

Pohakuloa Fire Captain Steven Coloma 969-2448 just confirmed that a brush fire is burning in the “Impact Area” at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawaii island.  Currently he said the winds are east to west, but they have been variable,  The fire has been burning for several days.  Depleted Uranium (DU) rounds have been fired at Pohakuloa yet no air monitoring is being done by the military, the State department of Health, or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for possible radiation being spread beyond the base in smoke particles that if inhaled are extremely dangerous.  Ask Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD ( Maui County Public Health officer who is retired Army Medical Corps about the dangers of inhaling DU particles.
Doug Rokke; Ph.D.; Major, retired/disabled; U.S. Army, former Director, U.S. Army Depleted Uranium project, said the following upon hearing of the brush fire on Pohakuloa. “just frigging wonderful.    army leaders neither care about human health nor the environment and that will never change. the mess goes right back to the march 1991 defense nuclear agency memo and the march 1 1991 los alamos memo directing all and specifically me as i began the desert storm depleted uranium friendly fire clean up-  to lie in our reports to avoid any accountability for adverse health and environmental effects  and thus sustain weapons use.


I, Jim Albertini,  have put calls and emails into the Dept. of Health director’s office Virginia Pressler 586-4416, and Amy Snyder of the Nuclear regulatory Commission 301-415-6822, and left messages for immediate air monitoring around Pohakuloa.  No response.
County and state public officials have been asked to intervene for action to protect public health and safety.

Below is a copy of an information sheet on the issue that will distributed via the internet today and handed out in downtown Hilo this Friday and Saturday around Merrie Monarch events.

What’s Blowing in the Wind?

WARNING – Brush Fires at Pohakuloa – Possible Military Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation aerosols blowing over Hawaii Island

March 28, 2016 brush fire at Pohakuloa

Photo of brush fire taken at Pohakuloa March 26, 2016.  Fire confirmed still burning Wednesday, March 30th in the “Impact Area.”

      The Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) is a 133,000-acre live-fire military base located in the center of Hawaii island. Military documents say that up to 14.8 million live rounds of various munitions are fired annually at Pohakuloa — everything from small arms, machine guns, artillery, rockets and bombs. B-52 and B-2 bombers fly from Missouri, Louisiana and Guam to bomb at Pohakuloa. All branches of the military train there. Even other countries are invited by the U.S. to bomb Pohakuloa.

The military has confirmed that Depleted Uranium (DU) radiation rounds have been fired at Pohakuloa beginning in the early 1960s. But it says it doesn’t know how many DU rounds have been fired at Pohakuloa, where they were fired from and where they landed. The Army says wherever the DU is located on Pohakuloa, and other sites in Hawaii, it will stay there and is safe, although it is prohibited from being used in military training today.

      Explosions and brush fires can burn DU resulting in fine smoke-sized particles being blown by the wind over an unsuspecting public. Medical experts, say DU is extremely dangerous when inhaled. It can cause cancer, birth defects, and genetic damage. Retired Army Major, Doug Rokke, Ph.D., former director of U.S. Army DU Project, says the Army is ignoring its own regulations. AR 700-48 requires emergency response using TB 9-1300-2378 and specific medical care for down wind DU smoke fire exposures and definitive medical care for airborne exposures. At a minimum, the military, the Hawaii Dept. of Health and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) should be conducting continuous air monitoring around Pohakuloa for radiation being spread off of the base, but they are asleep at the switch. So too are most county, state, and federal elected officials. The U.S. military needs to stop desecrating and contaminating Hawaiian lands, clean up its mess, and then end its illegal occupation of the Independent Nation of Hawaii. It’s up to all of us to build that people’s movement for action.

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WARNING – Brush Fires at Pohakuloa – Possible DU aerosols blowing downwind!

Monday, March 28th, 2016

WARNING – Brush Fires at Pohakuloa – Possible DU aerosols blowing downwind!

Ms. Snyder and Nuclear Regulatory Commission  (NRC),
You are asleep at the switch.  You should be on top of this but you are not.
Shame on your criminal negligence.
Jim Albertini

March 28, 2016

WARNING – Brush Fires at Pohakuloa – Possible DU aerosols blowing downwind!  Is anyone monitoring?  Hawaii Dept. of Health, Civil Defense, the military (mongoose in the hen house)?

March 28, 2016 brush fire at Pohakuloa

Shameful Israeli Execution of a Palestinian

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

I watched this shocking video.  It appears that the Israeli soldier who carried out the execution was following an order.  No other soldiers appear to have raised an objection.  Shameful.

Israeli Rights Group Releases Video of

Soldier Executing Wounded Palestinian