2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 20:24:59 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION: Depleted Uranium in Hawai'i
Chain reaction
Nuclear regulators hold hearings in the Islands after the Army's depleted uranium problem is uncovered by chance.

Joan Conrow
Honolulu Weekly
August 26, 2009

After years of denying the existence of depleted uranium (DU) at its installations in Hawaii, the Army is now seeking a permit to possess tons of the radioactive material.

DU has been confirmed at Schofield Barracks and the Pohakuloa Training Area, and is suspected at the Makua Military Reservation and Kahoolawe. The toxic material was used to make M101 spotting rounds for the Davy Crockett recoilless gun, one of the smallest nuclear weapons ever built. Soldiers were trained on the weapon in Hawaii and at least eight other states throughout the 1960s.

"Enough depleted uranium remains on the sites to require an NRC possession license and environmental monitoring and physical security programs to ensure protection of the public and the environment," according to a press release from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which this week is conducting hearings in Hawaii on the Army's application.


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