2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: CPEO Moderator <cpeo@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 14:55:11 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] You can Help Stop Military Contamination
[Original message from: Grace Marie Potorti <rama@accutek.com>]

You Can Help Stop Military Contamination!

Thursday, September 14, 2000
3:00-6:00 p.m. public meeting                                
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. public hearing
District Health Department Building 
1001 East 9th Street, Building B      
North and South Auditoriums, Reno, CA 89512

Sierra Army Depot demilitarizes hazardous waste munitions and explosives by
incineration,  open burning (OB) and open detonation (OD).  The Army puts
their obsolete weapons in a open pit, ignites it on fire and puff the toxic
and hazardous wastes are dispersed into our air, water and ground.

Current open burning and open detonation methods of munitions disposal at
Sierra Army Depot create a toxic smoke plume that disperses into Washoe
County, NV, Lassen County, CA and directly impacts Pyramid Lake and the
region. The poisonous clouds carry toxic and carcinogenic chemicals
including lead, mercury, arsenic, antimony, beryllium, cadmium, nickel, and
dioxins. The Army currently burns when the wind is blowing in an easterly
direction, towards the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation and Nevada.

Sierra Army Depot archaic disposal activiities have had a significant
impact on human health, plants, animal resources, soil concentrations of
metals,  streams, ground water, air quality, and water quality of Pyramid
Lake.  For the past 10 years about 28,000 tons per year of munitions have
been detonated or burned in the open air. In 1995 alone 53 millions pounds
of military explosives and 200 rocket motors were detonated or burned at
the Depot. 

An investigation by EPA on alternative technologies to OB/OD for the
disposal of munitions must be considered prior to issuing of any permits.
RAMAšs research has found that alternative technologies are available and
successful.  Open burning and open detonation operations has been occurring
at the Depot for over 20 years.  Sierra Army Depot is located in Herlong,
CA, 55 miles northwest of Reno, NV, along Highway 395.  Oppose the permit
and this caveman method of disposing of obsolete weapons.

               Your Voice Can Make a Difference!!! 
        Send your written comments by October 11, 2000 to :

Department of Toxic Substances Control, Sacramento Office
10151 Croydon Way, Suite 3,  Sacramento, CA  95812-0806

For Further Info Contact:  Rural Alliance for Military Accountability, P.O.
Box 60036, Reno, NV  89506   Phone: (775) 677-7001  E-Mail:
rama@accutek.com  Website:  http://www.rama-usa.org

You Can Help Stop Military Contamination!

Following are the dates, times and locations of the various public meetings
and hearings.  

Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation                  
September 13, 2000                                         
September 13, 2000    
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. public meeting                  
Sierra Army Depot,
10:45-12:00 noon public hearing                  
Building 170 (Former Chapel)
Building 170 (Former Chapel)

DS Hall                                                                3-6
p.m. public meeting
7-10 p.m. public hearing
September 12, 2000                                        
Herlong, CA 96113    
3-6 p.m. public meeting
7-10 p.m. public hearing
Lassen County Fair
Jensen Hall
195 Russell Avenue
Susanville, CA 95103

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