Vieques Island, Puerto Rico: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:41 by admin
The United States Navy owns 12,000 acres of 21,000-acre Vieques Island, located in Puerto Rico. The eastern nine hundred acres of the island are used as a firing range for Navy training exercises. The Navy stores ammunition on the western third of the island.

Many Puerto Ricans oppose the military's use of the island, claiming that the training is having a negative impact on Vieques' nearly 10,000 residents. Navy critics claim that the environmental impact of the bombing has increased the rate of residents' heart abnormalities, childhood asthma and cancer. The Navy denies any adverse health effects.

Outrage over the Navy's use of Vieques Island escalated in 1999 when stray bombs killed a civilian security guard.

See your doctor if you live on Vieques Island and have experienced serious health problems. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Specific Contaminated Sites
  2. Asthma: Overview
  3. Cancer
  4. Heart Problems
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