2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 16:37:00 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, NATIVE PEOPLES: Makua Military Reservation (HI)
The mosquito's coast
Is the Army committed to changing its tune in Makua, or is it just paying lip-service?

Catherine Black
Honolulu Weekly
January 6, 2010

The Waianae non-profit organization's original demand was that the Army conduct an Environmental Impact Statement, after a series of fires set off by its live-fire training exercises burned thousands of acres of environmentally and culturally sensitive land. In a 2001 settlement, the Army agreed to do the EIS and has not conducted any live-fire exercises (simulations of combat scenarios using "live" munitions) since 2004.

In July of 2009, however, it seemed as though the valley's recovery period would end: The Army completed its EIS and issued a Record of Decision advocating a return to live-fire training in the valley.

Yet the mosquito bit again: in August, Malama Makua filed a claim contending that two studies required by the 2001 settlement were poorly conducted and not released for public comment, as mandated. The Army requested that the court dismiss this claim, but in November, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied the Army's request, upholding Malama Makua's argument that the studies' methodologies were insufficient to test possible contamination threats to subsurface archeological remains and marine life.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
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