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TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  URGING THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION
    TO ADDRESS THE SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH
    PROBLEMS POSED BY THE TOXIC WASTES LEFT BEHIND AT FORMER
    UNITED STATES MILITARY INSTALLATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES.
 


 1        WHEREAS, the United States and the people of Hawaii have
 2   had long historical, cultural, and economic ties with the
 3   people of the Philippines as part of the Pacific-Asia
 4   community; and
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 6        WHEREAS, Filipinos all over the world, including the
 7   Filipino American community in Hawaii and the United States and
 8   their friends, recently commemorated the centennial of the
 9   birth of the Republic of the Philippines, a culmination of the
10   Filipino peoples' struggle for freedom and independence against
11   Spanish colonial rule on June 12, 1898; and
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13        WHEREAS, in December 1992, United States military forces
14   withdrew from Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, thus ending
15   almost a century of United States military presence in the
16   Philippines; and
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18        WHEREAS, reports from the United States General Accounting
19   Office, United States Department of Defense, the World Health
20   Organization, United States experts and environmental baseline
21   surveys conducted by American firms and recent media reports,
22   including those conducted by the Boston Globe and CNN,
23   identified serious contamination at forty-six sites at both
24   Clark and Subic bases; and
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26        WHEREAS, many of the chemicals identified, such as
27   polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Aldrin, Dieldrin, Benzene,
28   and Heptachlor, are part of the family chemicals known as
29   persistent organic pollutants (POPs) because of their
30   persistence in the environment and association with health
31   problems like cancer, reproductive failure, and behavior
32   disorders; and
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 1        WHEREAS, a "Health for All" survey conducted by
 2   internationally-recognized health expert Doctor Rosalie Bertell
 3   on behalf of the Canadian Institute for the Concern for Public
 4   Health and released in November 1998 found conspicuously high
 5   and disparate levels of kidney, urinary, nervous, and female
 6   system health problems among 716 families surveyed in the Clark
 7   air base area alone; and
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 9        WHEREAS, on January 27, 1999, the Philippines House of
10   Representatives Committee on Ecology released a report holding
11   the United States responsible for the toxic wastes left behind
12   in the former United States military bases at Clark and Subic,
13   which threaten to make these areas economically devastated, and
14   largely uninhabitable and unusable; and
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17        WHEREAS, the Filipino American community, including the
18   National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NFFAA),
19   and various church groups, such as the Church Coalition for
20   Human Rights in the Philippines and the 20th General Synod of
21   the United Church of Christ (United States), have expressed
22   grave concern for the United States government's lack of
23   response and responsibility over its legacy of toxic wastes in
24   the Philippines; now, therefore,
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26        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
27   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
28   of 2000, the Senate concurring, that the Legislature expresses
29   its strong concern for the serious environmental problems
30   caused by toxic wastes left behind by the United States and the
31   grave threat these wastes pose to public health in the
32   communities adjoining its former bases in Clark and Subic; and
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34        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature calls on the
35   United States government to assist the Philippines, which has
36   neither the funds nor the technical capacity to conduct an
37   environmental clean up, as it has already done in cleaning up
38   toxic contamination in overseas United States military bases in
39   Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and in other countries; and
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41        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
42   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the President of the
43   United States, the President pro tempore of the United States

 
 
 
 
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 1   Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of
 2   Representatives, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of
 3   Defense, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection
 4   Agency, the members of Hawaii's congressional delegation, and
 5   the Governor of Hawaii.
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