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19. Poison in the Pacific

Source: The Progressive, 409 E. Main Street Wisconsin, WI 53703, Date: July 1992, Title: “Poison in the Pacific,” Author: Robert Walters

 SSU Censored Researcher Pete Anderson

SYNOPSIS: In 1962, Johnston Island, a once idyllic atoll in the mid-Pacific, be­came the site of one of man’s most de­structive experiments — the atmospheric nuclear tests conducted by the United States. Today, it is once again the site of a potentially catastrophic event — the dismantling and destruction of more than 60 mil­lion pounds of aging but increasingly deadly chemical weapons. The Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System is a massive incinerator complex built by the Army at a cost of $240 million. This will serve as the prototype for similar facilities to be built at eight designated sites in the United States.

The 400,000 chemical weapons to be destroyed on Johnston Island were fabri­cated for use in World Wars I and II and then for deployment against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Because they’re increasingly unstable, military ex­perts fear that if not soon neutralized, they could explode or ignite spontaneously­ possibly causing a catastrophic accident.

Equally worrisome, the testing has not gone well. Originally, the test period was to last about 16 months, from mid­1990 through late 1991. But as investigative journalist Robert Walters discovered, “Work had to be halted on 65 of the first 85 days of scheduled operations in 1990 be­cause gas-leak monitors sounded false alarms, conveyor belts melted, the incin­erator overheated and mechanical equip­ment failed. Last year, major repairs and modifications required a protracted shut­down.”

Meanwhile, given the anxiety and hostility among residents of communities adjacent to almost all of the eight main­land Army bases where decommission­ing is scheduled to occur in the future, serious questions have arisen about whether those facilities should ever by built in the U.S. Now, thought is being given to dismantling the entire U.S. opera­tion and moving it to Johnston Island. Not surprisingly, this prospect has made Pa­cific Island residents and public officials, including those in Hawaii, increasingly fearful that the region’s air, land and water will be poisoned by seepage of lethal diox­ins and furans produced during the incin­eration process.

However, the Army is not overly con­cerned with the feelings of the 1,200 resi­dents of Johnston Island: 900 of them are employees of companies holding Defense Department contracts and the other 300 are Army personnel.

When President George Bush flew to Hawaii on a political trip in 1990, he held a little-publicized meeting with the leaders of 11 small mid-Pacific nations to discuss their concern that the Johnston Island testing operation would become the sole disposal site. He assured the leaders that the U.S. planned to dispose of “only the chemical munitions…found in the Pacific Islands and those relatively small quanti­ties shipped from Germany.” (One hun­dred thousand chemical artillery shells, originally stored in West Germany, were shipped to Johnston Island in late 1990.) Despite the President’s reassurances, there is still concern among the islanders.

 COMMENTS: Investigative author Robert Walters charges that “Nothing-absolutely nothing-that occurs in the interior Pacific ,receives sufficient exposure in the media’ in any given year. The article in question was about environmental perils in the re­gion, but other issues are equally well ignored. That’s ironic at a time when the ‘Pacific Basin’ supposedly has become so important to the rest of the world.

“In fact, all of that region’s highly pub­licized growth is occurring in the nations along the ocean’s rim. The interior island jurisdictions, scattered across a vast ex­panse of water that covers one-third of the planet’s surface, have been consigned to the status of ‘fly-over country.’ For those traveling between Seattle, Los Angeles or Chicago and Tokyo, Taipei or Hong Kong, island countries such as Nauru and Niue have become the region’s counterparts of Kansas and Nebraska-not suitable for viewing at an altitude of less than 35,000 feet.

“Understanding what occurs in the insular Pacific is especially important for citizens of the United States, which de­feated Japan in World War II for rights to exercise military, economic, and cultural control over the single largest geographic feature on the face of the Earth.

“In the ensuing decades, this country has abused its position of power. It has conducted atmospheric nuclear tests that still contaminate the homes — and bodies — of innocent indigenous people, established debilitating welfare economies through the islands and now tests a discredited ‘Star Wars’ system by firing missiles from a California military base into an atoll in the Marshall Islands.

“There’s almost certainly a correla­tion between the lack of press coverage and the growing popularity of the insular Pacific as a venue to dump the ‘civilized world’s’ industrial, commercial and resi­dential garbage. The physically remote location minimizes the likelihood that the news media (or others who might engage in oversight) will be on hand to report on what is occurring.”

As Walters said in his article: “Entre­preneurs from outside the region prefer to do business in the remote locations of the interior Pacific, where they’re unlikely to encounter aggressive regulators, environ­mentalists, curious journalists or others who might cramp their style.”

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