November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK OF TRAPROCK PEACE CENTER, which has reorganized its board and moved to Greenfield, Mass. To contact Traprock Peace Center, call 413-773-7427 or visit its site. Charles Jenks is posting new material to PeaceJournal.org, a multimedia blog and resource center.
See Updated Action Plan
See Doug Rokke, Ph.D. letter below
Sheree Craigue's letter
Letters to DOT on DoD's DU Labeling Exemption
Mr. Delmer Billings DHM-31
Office of Hazardous Materials, Exemptions and Approvals
Department of Transportation
400 7th St. SW
Washington, D.C. 20590
[ Fax: (202) 366-3308 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Re: Renewal of DOT-E 9649
Dear Mr. Billings:
I ask that the DOT immediately terminate and not renew DOT-E 9649. Depleted uranium munitions should have a “Radioactive” placard and an “Explosives” placard on shipments. Depleted uranium is an extremely toxic material and much more dangerous when shipped with an explosive propellant as in the case of DU munitions. In case of a fire, first responders (local police and fire fighters) would have no idea the shipment contained radioactive material. The public has a right to know about hazardous shipments through their communities.
Many time I pass the Blue Grass Army Depot [BGAD], a repository for depleted uranium munitions, which is adjacent to the cities of Richmond and Berea, KY. As I sit now, I am less than 10 miles from BGAD. It disturbs me very much to know these munitions can be transported without HazMat identification. Kentucky has some of the highest vehicle insurance rates in the country. The roads get rainy, snowy, icy, messy--accidents happen.
Whatever delivery route is taken, large populations are at risk if there should be a catastropic accident. Our citizens and our brave men and women who respond to such accidents deserve, no, have the right to know immediatly what they are dealing with.
The federal government and the military MUST stop trying to gut everything that has been done to protect citizens and the environment. The future of our children and grandchildren depend on it.
Elaine A. Hunter
DUinKY Awareness Campaign
Mr. Delmer Billings DHM-31
Director, Office of Hazardous Materials, Exemptions and Approvals
Department of Transportation 400 7th St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20590
Dear Sir: I am writing in regards to DOT-E 9649 and the exemption of
placarding by U.S. Department of Defense shipments of depleted uranium. I urge that
the exemption be denied on the basis of serious existing and probable adverse
health and environmental effects and willful non-compliance with mandatory
medical, environmental remediation, and emergency response requirements. Today,
U.S. Army and Department of Defense officials continue to willfully deny
mandated medical care for those individuals who were exposed during manufacturing,
shipment, testing, or combat use and refuse to clean up environmental
contamination as required by AR 700-48 and TB 9-1300-2678 (attached). As the retired
U.S. Army health physicist who was tasked to clean up depleted uranium
contamination following Gulf War 1 and as the former Director of the U.S. Army Depleted
Uranium project I request and urge you to deny any exemption for unmarked
shipment of uranium munitions. I urge you to ensure that all emergency response
agencies through where DU would be shipped complete the DU training that I
developed for the U.S. Army and DOD and that they can comply with all requirements
of AR 700-48, TB 9-1300-278 and medical care requirements.
If you have any questions please call me at [xxx-xxxx - number deleted on web posting]
Dr. Doug Rokke, Ph.D.
[home address deleted for web posting]
Dr. Rokke provided a copy of his paper - Immediate Action Required on Depleted Uranium.
Dear Mr. Billings,
I, too, hope that the exemption to labeling DU shipments as radioactive
will not be renewed. I realize it is still being reviewed, though the
deadline for renewal was June 30, and I am glad that close scrutiny is being
given to this matter. As you are no doubt fully aware, an accident scene
could involve explosions and expose first responders and downwinders
unwittingly to depleted uranium dust particles in the smoke. As they are
ceramic oxide, when inhaled they do not readily dissolve, and so take years
to slowly dissolve, meanwhile exposing the body to a steady dose of low
level internal radiation, and gradual dissolving of the depleted uranium
particles into the bloodstream, and from their the bones and lymphatic
systems, to name a few.
I understand you are taking this very seriously, and for that I applaud
"Depleted" Uranium Weapons Network of the Hudson Mohawk Region
July 11, 2004 - page created by Charlie Jenks; updated July 20, 2004