2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: rhugus@cape.com
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2000 13:39:00 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Vieques & Nomans Island
>From Cape Cod Times, February 28, 2000

Local parallel
Residents of the Puerto Rican isle of Vieques have asked for years to
practice bombing there to stop. In reaction, President Clinton has set a
standard that calls the fate of Nomans Land into question.


 It sits three miles off the southern coast of Martha's Vineyard, a small,
628-acre  piece of land jutting out of the Atlantic whose only inhabitants
are migratory birds and various species of
amphibians, small mammals, insects and plants. But over the past month, a
lot of local and national attention has been paid to Nomans Land.

On Jan. 31, President Clinton thrust the
remote island into an incendiary situation in the Caribbean, the roiling
conflict over the U.S. Navy's desire to resume practice-bombing the small
Puerto Rican island of Vieques and the determination of residents there to
kick the military out and reclaim their land. Also, the ongoing debate between
Massachusetts  environmental regulators and Navy  officials regarding
unexploded ordnance on Nomans Land echoes the ongoing discussions about
Camp Edwards on Cape Cod. That debate continues tomorrow, when
representatives from the Navy and state  Department of Environmental
Protection meet in Boston in hopes of resolving the unexploded munitions
issue on Nomans.

And local activists who for years have been
railing against the contamination atthe Massachusetts Military Reservation
have turned their attention to Nomans Land. They worry that conditions
there may have a residual impact on gains made at Camp Edwards and on the
situation on Vieques.

More at  http://www.capecodonline.com/cctimes/localparallel28.htm

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