Tribe asks military to study effects of communication system


Public Hearings on:
the Impact of the U.S. Navy's Project ELF Transmitter
Sept. 18, 20, 25, 27, Oct 3, 2001

Nukewatch, P.O. Box 649, Luck, WI 54853
Phone (715) 472-4185, Fax (715) 472-4184
Web http://www.nukewatch.com

NORTHERN WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Sierra Club, Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, and the Great Lakes Intertribal Council will sponsor five public hearings this month regarding the health and environmental impacts of the Navy's Project ELF submarine transmitter system near Clam Lake.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Project ELF Public Participation Project, as the panels are dubbed, seeks to inform the public about the effects of electromagnetic pollution on human health and the environment from the Navy's Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) antennae.

The hearings are free and statements by concerned citizens are encouraged. The hearings will be recorded and scientific experts will be available to answer questions about electromagnetic pollution. The first and last hearings will be broadcast live on WOJB-FM, (88.9).

The World Health Organization has listed ELF (extremely low frequency) electromagnetic radiation as a "possible human carcinogen." More than forty peer-reviewed medical studies now point to a link between electromagnetic pollution and human cancers.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe has worked since May of 1998 toward reaching an agreement with the Navy to study the impact of Project ELF, including studies of breast cancer incidence, stray voltage, and the impact of electromagnetic pollution on fish and wetlands.

Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold and Representative Tammy Baldwin have repeatedly introduced legislation in congress to close the Navy antennae, starting with the ELF Termination Act bill in 1995. The current ELF Termination Act amendments are S. 112 and HR 1160.


Sponsored by the Lac Courtes Oreilles Chippewa Health Department, Hayward, Wisconsin

Area residents are urged to attend, question the experts and to testify about their experiences with the effects of the Navy's Project ELF submarine communications transmitter which operates near Clam Lake, Wisconsin. Two experts will present information and be available at the hearings to answer questions about Project ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) and electromagnetic pollution.


Lac Courte Oreilles Project ELF Public Participation Project,
Public Hearings:
Dates and Times Places
Tues. Sept. 18 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, WI
Thurs. Sept. 20 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Flambeau Lanes, Park Falls, WI
Tues. Sept. 25 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Cable Community Center, Cable, WI
Thurs. Sept. 27 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Spider Lake Town Hall, Hayward, WI
Wed. Oct. 3 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. LCO Casino Convention Center Hayward, WI (to be broadcast live on WOJB)

For information contact:
Dan Peterson, Project Coordinator (503) 772-9253
or Nukewatch, P.O. Box 649, Luck WI 54853
(715) 472-4185 nukewatch@win.bright.net.
Lac Courte Oreilles Health Center (800) 323-2650;
John LaForge, Nukewatch.





Tribe asks military to study effects of communication system

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Monday, September 10, 2001

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) -- An American Indian tribe is asking the U.S. Navy to study whether a military communications system has caused health and environmental problems, but the Navy called such a study unnecessary.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Chippewa tribe of northwestern Wisconsin wants to know if electromagnetic fields from the Navy' s Project ELF, an extremely low frequency antenna -- are having any detrimental effects on the area.

The Navy uses the system near Clam Lake, and one like it in Michigan' s Upper Peninsula, to communicate with submarines around the world.

The tribe will explain why it wants the study at five public meetings in September and October, when it hopes to garner support for its request. The Navy said it hasn' t decided whether to send a representative to those meetings.

Scientists found no detrimental effects from the system' s electromagnetic fields in previous studies of the Clam Lake site, but the tribe is asking for more information.

The tribe believes at least $3 million worth of studies are needed to make sure the U.S. Department of Defense is not violating the treaty rights of Chippewa tribes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota, said Dan Peterson, coordinator of the Lac Courte Oreilles Department of Defense Mitigation Project.

The tribe believes the project could pose health and safety dangers to all northwestern Wisconsin residents, Peterson said.

The tribe wants the Navy to study the incidence of cancer among people in four counties around the site and look at any stray current in the area.

Five Great Lakes-area universities conducted $25 million worth of Navy-sponsored studies between 1969 and 1993 and found no major effects from the ELF system. Further testing would be a waste of money, Navy spokesman Richard Williamson said.

An independent national science organization, the National Research Council, reviewed those studies for the Navy. The organization found no evidence of adverse effects from the system' s electromagnetic fields but recommended that some of the data be analyzed again.

The Navy said it would not pursue further data analysis and has refuted some of the tribe' s claims about why more tests are needed.

The Navy is set to upgrade the Clam Lake ELF site in the next few years to make it safer and will continue to monitor related studies from around the world, Williamson said.

On the Net:
National Research Council: http://www.nas.edu/nrc/


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