Investigation into mystery bird deaths on Kwajalein  Bottom

  • Radio New Zealand International Health and environment officials in the Marshall Islands are mystified at the widespread deaths of chickens and ducks on a small island next to the U.S. Army’s missile testing range.

    The sudden and unexplained deaths of nearly 100 chickens and ducks on Enibooj Island - which has a population of under 200 people living a largely subsistence lifestyle - sparked an investigation earlier this week.

    Samples of the dead bird carcasses have been taken for laboratory testing.

    Kwajalein Senator Tony deBrum sought an investigation, saying that dead chickens in a small community should be a matter for emergency health concerns.

    The island is located about five kilometres from the headquarters island of the Reagan Test Site, a major missile testing facility operated by the U.S. Army.

    Health and environment officials have asked the Marshall Islands Quarantine Department and the Army’s Animal Hospital Laboratory to assess what caused the deaths.

    "Promoting more information disclosure by the public service, rather than secrecy which may allow corruption to be hidden" - from Nitijela UN Workshop Outcomes Statement, Feb. 17, 2011
  • The Americans living at Kwajalein Atoll will want to know just as much as the Marshallese who live at Kwajalein Atoll if there is something dangerous in local environment.

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    “I hope the signing of the LUA (Land Use Agreement) allows the Government of the Marshall Islands more time to focus on the biggest issues it faces – how to raise the level of education and health of the Marshallese people and how to create an economy that will be stable after direct US funding ends in 2023.”
    US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, as quoted by MI Journal, 13 May 2011, pg 4
  • enibooj is one of the sites atomic bomb waste was dumped.

    edited by: wanted, datetimebrief

    "Sometimes you just can't argue with stupid!!!"

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