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Exploding the Explosives in Vieques

The US Navy is cleaning up the unexploded bombs and other ordnance left behind after decades of using the island as a target and weapons testing area. It is believed that the bombings and the presence of heavy metals and toxic materials including depleted uranium has caused Vieques to have a much higher cancer rate than anywhere else in Puerto Rico, despite Vieques’s lack of traffic congestion and heavy industry.

The way the Navy is effecting the cleanup, however flies in the face of common sense. They are piling up the bombs and explosive devices and then exploding them in the open air, while the population centers of Isabel Segunda and Esperanza lie just several miles downwind.

In the following communiqué Robert Rabin speaking for the Comite Pro Rescate y Desarrollo de Vieques (CDRDV) reports:

“In spite of consistent denunciations against the open air detonation of bombs in the military practice zones of Vieques, the US Navy continues tons of bombs and explosive devices, thereby further spreading toxic materials and contaminating the environment on Vieques.

The CDRDV demands the use closed detonations for the cleanup process, as they are doing on several closed military bases within the United States.”

COMITE PRO RESCATE Y DESARROLLO DE VIEQUES

If this seems unbelievable following is an aircraft hazard warning from the FAA
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NOTAM Number : FDC 7/1413
Issue Date : October 24, 2007 at 1216 UTC
Type : Hazards

FDC 7/1413 ZSU PR.. FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS EASTERN SIDE OF VIEQUES ISLAND. EFFECTIVE: 0710261200 UTC UNTIL 0710262000 UTC.PURSUANT TO 14 CFR SECTION 91.137(A)(1) TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONSARE IN EFFECT FOR ORDNANCE DISPOSAL ONLY RELIEF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS UNDER DIRECTION OF CH2MHILL & FURA ARE AUTHORIZEDIN THE AIRSPACE AT AND BELOW 5000 FEET MSL WITHIN A 3.5 NAUTICAL MILE RADIUS OF 180808N/0651755W OR THE ST CROIX /COY/ VOR/DME 315 DEGREE RADIAL AT 41.7 NAUTICAL MILES CH2MHILL & FURA TELEPHONE 214-205-4582 IS IN CHARGE OF ON SCENE EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACTIVITY. SAN JUAN /ZSU/ CERAP TELEPHONE 787-253-8664 IS THE FAA COORDINATION FACILITY.

vieques book
A combination coffee table book and guide containing more than 150 color photographs described by Roberto Rabin, curator of the Vieques Museum, Conde de Mirasol, as “graphic, mysterious and beautiful.” It is also a guide to the beaches, towns and places of interest on the island including the famous Bioluminescent Bay. Click for more information
USMAIL
Before Vieques became a cause celebre for Al Sharpton, Edward James Olmos, Bobby Kennedy Jr, et el, there was USMAÍL...Now for the first time USMAÍL is appearing in an English-language edition making what is considered a Puerto Rican literary classic available to a wider audience of English readers...San Juan Star. Click for more information

 

See Also:
Brief Notes for Tourists Coming to Vieques
Long Time Clean up for Vieques