|Date:||Thu, 11 May 2000 15:36:49 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] GROUPS OPPOSE AIR NATIONAL GUARD PROPOSAL TO DROP CHAFF &|
FLARES IN TEN STATES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Grace Potorti - Rural Alliance for Military Accountability (RAMA) Reno, NV Phone: 775-677-9751 Contact: Dale Alquist -National Airspace Coalition - Bloomington, MN Phone: (612) 831-3096 Contact: Patricia Conway - Coalition for Peaceful Skies - Ontario, Wisconsin Phone: 608-1435-6743 Contact: Dick Smith - Military Toxics Project -Sparta, WI Phone: (608) 269-2694 Contact: Sophie Sheperd - Lake City -California Phone: (530) 279-6260 Contact: Laura Olah - Safe Water Around Badger - Merrimac, MN Phone: (608) 643-3124 Contact: Dan L. Alstott, President, AMAC The AuSable Manistee Action Council - Grayling, MI Phone:(517) 348-8294 GROUPS OPPOSE AIR NATIONAL GUARD PROPOSAL TO DROP CHAFF AND FLARES IN TEN STATES In what the Air National Guard is describing as "Phase I" they have proposed dropping chaff and flares in 32 Military Operation Areas across the nation. States included in the proposal are Nevada, California, Oregon, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The use of Chaff at military installations across the country is an emerging issue for rural residents, federal land managers, recreation users, and others concerned about threats to human health and the quality of the environment. Chaff is ejected from warplanes to decoy enemy missiles from aircraft. The chaff, made of fiberglass covered aluminum thinner than a human hair, confuses enemy radar. To date there have been no studies on the extent of break-up and abrasion of chaff, the resulting shapes and resuspension chaff particles which could potential be inhaled by humans and animals. Likewise, the DOD has not conducted studies of the quantities of inhalable chaff found in communities near training facilities where chaff is released. Flares are magnesium pellets, that when ignited, burn for short periods of time at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The burn is hotter than the exhaust of an aircraft and therefore attracts and decoys heat seeking weapons targeted on the aircraft. Flares have been responsible for fires the "Seal" fire on September 10,1996 was started at Naval Air Station Fallon was during helicopter training. The Meadow Valley fire in 1993 burned 21,686 acres at the Nellis Range Complex in southern Nevada and costs $300,000 to suppress. Resources that would be impacted by the proposal include the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in NV, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The initial proposal notes 44 wilderness and natural areas that would be impacted by the proposal and over one hundred bodies of water Lake Superior and Lake Huron of Michigan and the Arkansas River. Patricia Conway, Director of the Coalition for Peaceful Skies, said "We intend to mount a statewide campaign opposing the use of chaff in Wisconsin. We will demand a full EIS on the plan, and fight the proposal tooth and nail." Dale Alquist, Director, National Airspace Coalition stated, "We commissioned a lab test on a sample of chaff and learned that it biodegrades about as quickly as an aluminum can." Dan L. Alstott, President of AMAC AuSable Manistee Action Council stated, "Until the residuals from self protection chaff and flare deployment can be proven safe for the population, fish and animals residing below the involved MOAs, this practice should be discontinued." Grace Potorti, Director of the Rural Alliance for Military Accountability stated, "It is unclear whether the National Guard is attempting to cover their tracks. They have apparently been using chaff and flares prior to completion of National Environmental Policy Act environmental documentation." Potorti added, "This is not the end of it, they intend to add additional areas in the future, anyone living under or adjacent to military airspace needs to be concerned." Sophie Sheppard, spokesperson for the Northwest Great Basin Association stated, "To subject the wild heart of this country to such risks is a reckless disregard for all that the military is supposedly organized to protect." Laura Olah, Executive Director for Citizens for Safe Water around Badger stated, "With all of the streams, wetlands and surface water in our region we are very concerned about the potential economic impacts to businesses which rely on these resources like hunting, fishing and recreation." Dick Smith spokesperson for the Military Toxics Project, stated "As an organic farmer we have very serious concerns about how this might affect our operations and our ability to grow safe and healthy food." 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