The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001433275-02
Public Notices

Notice from Public Comment
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently hired Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory (PNNL) to conduct a study of the impacts
of climate change on the Runit Dome waste containment structure
site in Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands, and on other environmental
hazards created by nuclear weapons testing between 1948 and
1958. Following the publication of a draft of this report there will
be a public commenting period that will run from September 28
– October 28, 2023. The draft report is available for review here:
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ear ko¯ jerbal Pacific Northwest
National laboratory (PNNL) ñan ko¯ mmane juo¯ n ekkatak kin an
okoktakin mejatoto jelet jikin kakwo¯ n kwopej eo Runit Dome ilo
Aelo¯ ñ in Enewetak ilo Majo¯ l in, im ekoba menin kauwatata ko jet
rekar ko¯ mman jen nuclear weapons ko rekar ko¯ma¯ lmel kaki ko¯ taan
iio kani 1948 im 1958. Looranlok wo¯ t melele kein rej driwo¯ jtok ilo
mweñan eo imaan enaj wo¯ r ien ñan an jabdewo¯ t likit aer enaan
ikkijeen melele kein jino jen allo¯ ñ in Jeptemba 28 ñan Nobo¯ mba
1, 2023. Mweñan eo imaan ej pellok ñan an jabdewo¯ t etale ijin:
All comments must be submitted via the website. All comments
will be reviewed and appropriately addressed prior to a final report
submission to the US Congress.
Aolep enaan ko raikuij in etal ñan website eo. Aolep enaan ko renaj
etali im bo¯ k buñto¯ n ko rekkar mokta jen aer lemaanlok melele ko
ilo mweñan eo a¯ liktata ñan Congress eo an US.
Background: The Runit Dome is a containment structure on Runit
Island, located on Enewetak Atoll, built in the late 1970s, and
contains over 100,000 cubic yards of radioactively contaminated
soil and debris that were encapsulated in concrete (waste pile)
inside an unlined nuclear test crater, the Cactus Crater, on the north
end of Runit Island. The waste pile was subsequently covered over
by a non-load bearing, exterior concrete cap to help protect it from
natural erosion. The site has remained a concern to the people of
Enewetak and their leadership. DOE remains committed to fulfilling
the United States’ commitments regarding the health and safety of
the people of the Marshall Islands from the effects of past nuclear
weapons testing. This report contains assessments and summaries
of environmental and health-related data collected by DOE and its
predecessor organizations.
Melele ko mokta: Runit Dome eo ej juo¯ n jikin kakwo¯ n eo ion ene
in Runit, ilo aelo¯ ñ in Enewetak, ekar ekkal ilo jemlokinlok 1970s
ko, im ewo¯ r elo¯ ñlok jen 100,000 cubic yard in bu¯ dej im kobej ko
ewo¯ r jorreen in radiation ie im raar kalbubuki kin cement (ejouj in
kobej in) iloan juon roñ in kein ko¯ma¯ lmel nuclear ko, Cactus Crater,
ilo maan tuio¯ ñ in Runit. Ejouj in kobej in kar wo¯ nmaanlok wo¯ t im
kalbubuki kin jimaan wo¯ t ñan jibañ kejbaroke jen an jorreen jen no
im lañ ko. Ijin ej jua¯ a¯ n jikin eo armij in Enewetak im ritel ro aer rej
inebata wo¯ t kake. DOE ej bed wo¯ t ilo an kijenmej ñan ko¯ mmane ijo
kunaan United States ikijien ejmour im bwe en
ejjelok jorren ñan armij in Majo¯ l tokjen ko¯ma¯ lmel
in kein tarinae nuclear ko raar ko¯ mmani mokta.
Ilo ripoot in ewo¯ r jerbal in etale ko im melele ko
rekadu ikijjeen jukjuk in ped im ejmour kar aini
jen DOE im doulul ko moktalok.