Congressman Alan Grayson
Florida- 9th Congressional District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2013
Grayson on ATSDR Results: Disappointing
Agency’s Study Ignores Serious Issues
(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-09) today condemned the
final results of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
(ATSDR) study on the health risks facing residents of the island of Vieques
in Puerto Rico.
Congressman Grayson has been a strong advocate for environmental cleanup on
Vieques, often referred to as “Isla Nena”. The island was the site of United
States military activities involving hazardous waste and chemicals.
In response to Grayson’s request for a study, the agency conducted its fifth
investigation of this matter. In a report released yesterday, ATSDR
reconfirms their initial implausible claim in a 400-page report: the notion
that there is no link between the United States military activities and the
alarming rate of cancer and other serious health concerns on the island.
Preliminary results released in December of 2011 stated that soil, air, and
water tests could not confirm that 9,000 residents of the island were
exposed to higher health risks as a consequence of contaminants and
pollutants released during decades of live fire and bombing by the United
“This shows once again, that the agency’s work on Vieques is flawed”,
“The results of this study are offensive to the people of Vieques, and to
anybody with a conscience. These people suffer a substantially higher rate
of illness and face far more serious health issues than the rest of the
population. Independent studies have shown that the agency’s work is
erroneous. It is illogical and cruel to suggest that their lengthy exposure
to hazardous waste and environmental contamination has had no effect on
their health and well-being.”
Grayson called on the agency to address the widespread criticism of its
work, and stop ignoring the hardships faced by the people of Vieques.
Congressman Alan Grayson represents Florida’s 9th Congressional District,
which includes Osceola County, as well as parts of Orange and Polk
counties. He previously served as the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 8th
Congressional District in the 111th Congress.
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