Carroll and his guest, Jolanda Kahele, talk about radiation in our garbage and how it can affect the health of the City refuse workers who pick up our trash. Part of the problem occurs when people with cancer are treated with radiation, then dispose their contaminated medical waste and personal supplies, such as gauze and pads, in their trash.
Jolanda tells us she lost her husband, a refuse worker for 38 years, due to what she believes was exposure to radiation. Back in 1996 he told Jolanda he felt he had been exposed to radiation. In 2012, during his final illness, he told his doctor he felt his problems were caused by his job. Jolanda has been trying to collect public records from
the City so their doctor can make an assessment, but the City has refused her requests to provide any documents.
The City claims there are geiger counters installed at the dump site weigh stations so, if radiation is detected, trucks would be cleaned. But, supposedly, many are not working. Instead, radiation
has been allowed to build up inside the trucks. Per a 2004 news article in the Honolulu StarBulletin, radioactive dumping was under City review after a truck was allowed to dump its load even though it set off the alarm. The City gave several excuses without any additional concern for the health of their workers and the possibility that, with continual exposure, the radiation is accumulating in the workers' bodies. Link here to read the 2004 StarBulletin story "Radioactive dumping is under city review".Other City workers have reported similar situations and concerns when the alarm was set off.
Carroll has been researching radiation in trash trucks for many years. Back in 2003 he took several pictures of a truck at the Keehi Refuse Transfer Station on Middle Street after he learned it was contaminated with radiation and was left out in the open, possibly exposing the public to the radiation. The City never responded to his complaints. Is their lack of response to this,
and many other complaints, because they simply want to save money? Why don't they put sensors aboard each truck so workers will know immediately if they are exposed?
Now, many reports are being made that heavy materials from Fukushima, Japan, will be coming our way in 2014, yet government agencies say radiation levels are not dangerous. Can we believe what they are saying? Carroll points out the fact that we have many nuclear power plants in the U.S., so of course they want to downplay the situation. If
you see something report it, do not get near it.
Marsha Joyner calls in to tell us about celebrations for Martin Luther King Jr. and his messages. On Friday January 17, 2014,, at noon, the Royal Hawaiian Band will perform a concert on the grounds of the Iolani Palace. There will be a candlelight ceremony at the Honolulu Hale Nagasaki Peace Bell on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. , and a parade on Monday,
January 20, 2014, at 9 a.m.. For more information visit mlk-hawaii.com.
In 2003 this truck was tested as HOT with radiation, but was left parked in the open where it could easily expose others. We have been documenting and talking about this for a long time, but nothing is being done.
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Next Sunday, January 12, we will be talking about the upcoming Affordable Housing Sale. We have many questions about how the sale is being handled, so we sent a list to both Mayor Caldwell and Mr. Mark Chandler, Director CPD HUD, Honolulu. We hope to get answers for this Sunday's show. Link here to questions for Mayor Caldwell, and link here for questions for Mr. Chandler. We think you will find the questions very revealing. You can join the conversation and let us know what you think. Call in when we are live on Sunday, from 9 to 11 am, at 808-524-1080.
This, and other kittens, like this one, are looking for a home. Ages range from 3 to 12 months. They have been neutered and trained, so now they just need your love.