- The US Army admitted the radiological contamination of
Hawaii in the summer of 2007. The contamination was later confirmed by
the senior US Senator from Hawaii, The Honorable Daniel Inouye. The first
2007 Army air born radiological contamination survey identified 45 locations
with dangerous levels of Gamma Ray radiation from US Army uranium munitions.
Satellite radiation observations have not been released by the Pentagon.
- Bob Nichols
- Project Censored Award Winner
- San Francisco Bay View Correspondent
- Hawaiian Islands Are Contaminated with
- Ballistic Uranium
- By Lindafaye Kroll RN BSN
- Army admits to the contamination of Hawaiian islands
with depleted uranium spotting rounds on Schofield Barracks, O'ahu and
Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawai'i Island. Help us save paradise from this
most toxic substance.
- Public comment to U.S. Army SEIS deadline Oct. 30, 2007
- Email Army at <mailto:PublicComments@aec.apgea.army.mil>
- Hawaii Tourism Authority at <mailto:email@example.com>
- (Hawaii) Depleted uranium (DU) is stored in Hawai'i under
the Naval Radioactive Materials Permit. The Navy accidentally fired two
DU rounds from Pearl Harbor in 1994. The rounds landed somewhere above
Aiea and were never recovered. The Environmental Impact Statement of the
25th Infantry Transformation to the Stryker Brigade Combat Team published
in 2004 states emphatically that depleted uranium munitions were never
part of the Army's arsenal.
- Despite this claim spent DU spotting rounds were found
at Schofield Barracks, (An army base and live-fire training range on O'ahu),
in August 2005. This discovery was not disclosed by the military but through
a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) instigated by concerned residents of
- In August 2007 the army admits the Pohakuloa Training
Area (An army base and live-fire training range on Hawai'i Island) is also
contaminated with depleted uranium spotting rounds. There are hundreds
and hundreds of these spent DU rounds on these two live-fire training ranges.
- Any uranium product used as munitions becomes ballistic
once it is fired, launched or dropped. Ballistic depleted uranium contamination
is a serious problem in Hawai'i.
- Depleted uranium is a toxic radioactive waste product
of the nuclear industry that has a half life of over 4 billion years. In
other words, DU is radioactive forever.
- The military claims that depleted uranium munitions are
low level radioactivity and are not harmful to health and environment.
The military's claims are false.
- The military's talking points are about the solid form
depleted uranium, the military never addresses Hawai'i residents' concerns,
which is the ballistic form of depleted uranium. When depleted uranium
munitions are used in war or artillery practices, these munitions have
a devastating effect on public health and the environment.
- Once DU munitions are launched, they become ballistic.
They catch fire, and on impact they can punch through anything with tremendous
force causing trillions of tiny radioactive particles of DU dust to be
scattered in the environment and carried in the air.
- This is when the real public health problem begins. Once
airborne, these vaporized radioactive heavy metal particles can be inhaled
or ingested because of radioactive contamination of air, food or water
- Many of our U.S. Veterans, serving in combat areas that
use DU munitions, are getting sick. Support legislation to test our troops
returning from Iraq for depleted uranium.
- We must stand up for Hawai'i. We must protect our precious
islands and our veterans.
- The military live-fire ranges in Hawai'i are radioactive!
- See www.sbct-seis.org/ (published July 2007, chapter
3 page 7 Depleted Uranium).
- We want all live-fire military training stopped in paradise.
We want the Stryker Brigade Combat Team to relocate elsewhere.
- We want our sacred lands to be cleaned up. Practicing
to make war in the land of Aloha is inappropriate.
- Please be pro-active and help us protect Hawai'i; demand
the military not store, use or transport depleted uranium in the Hawaiian
- Five million tourists visit Hawai'i every year. Would
they stop visiting if they knew how contaminated Hawai'i is?
- We are asking for people all over the world who love
Hawai'i to help us protect Hawai'i. Write to the U.S Army by October 30
- Say no Stryker Brigade in Hawai'i and clean-up depleted
uranium contamination on live-fire training ranges.
- Also write the Hawai'i Tourism Authority at <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
with the same request. For more information on the military's contamination
of Hawaii see <http://www.protecthawaii.ws/>www.protecthawaii.ws
- Author: Lindafaye Kroll is a retired nurse who has lived
in "Paradise," as she fondly calls Hawaii, for sixteen years.
She learned about contamination of the Hawaiian Islands from famed geoscientist
Leuren Moret in March 2007. Moret discovered uncharacteristically high
radiation levels near Pohakula Live Fire Training Range in Hawaii. Kroll
is a successful artist and writer in Hawaii. Kroll's play "Ten Fingers
Ten Toes" tells the tragic story of an inhuman radiological poison
- air born ballistic uranium. All parents and grand parents know instantly
the question "Ten fingers, ten toes?" when talking about newborn