Links sobre contaminación ambiental militar en Vieques

20 Mar

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Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:34 PM
Subject: [ViequesLibre] ATSDR once again claims no link between Navy
activities and health crisis

ENGLISH – In spite of the mountain of evidence showing a clear link between
the US Navy’s military activities on Vieques with everything from napalm to
depleted uranium and the health crisis among Viequenses, the ATSDR once
again finds that it “could not identify a relationship between military
activities and health problems experienced by the island’s residents.” A
link to the March 2013 ATSDR Report (in English and Spanish) is here:


ESPAÑOL – A pesar de la montaña de evidencia que demuestra claramente el
vínculo entre las actividades militares de la Marina de Guerra de los
Estados Unidos en Vieques con todo desde napalm hasta uranio reducido y la
crisis de salud entre los Viequenses, la agencia federal ATSDR nuevamente
alega que no pudo encontrar una relación entre las actividades militares y
los problemas de salud que afectan a los viequenses. Este es el enlace al
nuevo informe del ATSDR de marzo del 2013 (en inglés y en español):


ATSDR – Vieques

Isla de Vieques is part of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, located about 7
miles east-southeast of the main island of Puerto Rico. Until May 2003, the
U.S. Navy owned approximately half of the island and conducted military
exercises that included live bombing. The live bombing exercises were
conducted until April 1999 in a 900-acre area known as the Live Impact Area.
The Navy conducted exercises with practice bombs from May 2000 to May 2003.

ATSDR’s Vieques Evaluations (1999-2003)

In May 1999, an island resident asked ATSDR to evaluate whether any health
problems in Vieques residents might be associated with potential releases of
hazardous substances from military training activities on the island.
Residents also voiced concern that contaminants from the bombing could
travel from the Live Impact Area to the areas where they live, about 8 miles
west of the Live Impact Area.

ATSDR evaluated the pathways most likely to result in exposure to the
residents of Vieques, including

* drinking groundwater
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* touching or swallowing soil
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* eating fish and shellfish
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* breathing air
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ATSDR prepared a separate public health assessment describing what
investigators found for each of these pathways.

Based on a thorough review and evaluation of all relevant information
pertaining to the pathways, ATSDR concluded that, overall, residents of
Vieques might have been exposed to very low levels of environmental
contamination. While people were most likely exposed to contaminants, the
levels were so low that harmful health effects would be unlikely. At that
time, ATSDR categorized exposure to environmental contaminants at Vieques as
“no apparent public health hazard.” In 2009, ATSDR introduced new
categories for sites that more clearly describe scientists’ findings. Today
the pathways for Vieques would be classified “Exposure: no harm expected.”
This category is used for sites where human exposure is occurring or has
occurred in the past, but no harm to people’s health is expected.

ATSDR’s Vieques Evaluation (2009-2013)

In 2009, ATSDR began updating its original findings in response to requests
from Congress and others. Following a comprehensive review of environmental,
biological, and health data from Vieques, ATSDR released a report in March

The agency carefully reexamined data that were available previously and also
conducted a literature review because numerous studies had been published
since the agency’s 2003 report. The review of the available data and
evaluation process considered

* information about contaminants in air, water, soil, plants, and
marine seafood;
* laboratory test results to measure the amount of certain chemicals
in residents’ bodies; and
* reports about chronic health conditions, new cancer cases, and
* recommendations from the Scientific Consultation in held in 2009 in
* peer review by experts from Puerto Rico and others of the draft

ATSDR received comments from the public on this report from December 8, 2011
to March 8, 2012. All comments were considered and addressed and are
included in Appendix D of the report. The comments did not change ATSDR’s
overall findings and recommendations.

ATSDR’s review of the new and previous data still could not identify a
relationship between military activities and health problems experienced by
the island’s residents.

We believe that Viequenses are right to be concerned about their health, and
for that reason we proposed certain actions that scientists, environmental
and public health agencies could act upon.

Hace más de tres (3) años, la ATSDR dijo oficialmente que “Cambiará sus
Primeras Conclusiones en la Evaluación Ambiental de Vieques”:
<> (Comunicado oficial
de la propia ATSDR). Ahora que por fin sale su nuevo informe en donde esta
agencia decide no cambiar sus conclusiones erróneas sobre Vieques, ha
incurrido en una farsa monumental consistente con su historial (ver abajo).

Over three (3) years ago, the ATSDR officially said it would “Change its
Early Conclusions on Environmental Assessment in Vieques”:
<> (Official statement
from the ATSDR itself). Now that this agency has finally issued its new
report on Vieques and decided not to change its earlier conclusions on
environmental assessment in Vieques, the ATSDR has incurred in a monumental
farse consistent with its history (see below).

ATSDR in Vieques, “The Undenying truth” (VIDEO – August 2009):


Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) discusses ATSDR and Vieques during Congressional
hearings (March 2009):




INCONCLUSIVE BY DESIGN -Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Federal Environmental
Health Research: An expose of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
Registry (ATSDR) by the Environmental Health Network:


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