|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Sat, 14 Nov 2009 11:15:37 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] HEALTH, MUNITIONS: ATSDR to undertake new Vieques (PR) study|
Navy's Vieques Training May Be Tied to Health Risks By MIREYA NAVARRO New York Times November 14, 2009The federal agency that assesses health hazards at sites designated for Superfund environmental cleanups said Friday that it had reversed its conclusion that contamination at a former United States Navy training ground in Puerto Rico posed no health risks to residents.
As a result, it said, it plans to recommend monitoring to determine whether residents of the island of Vieques, the site of decades of live fire and bombing exercises, have been exposed to harmful chemicals and at what levels.
"Much has been learned since we first went to Vieques a decade ago, and we have identified gaps in environmental data that could be important in determining health effects," Dr. Howard Frumkin, director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, said in a statement posted on the agency's Web site late Friday afternoon. "The gaps we found indicate that we cannot state unequivocally that no health hazards exist in Vieques."
... For the entire article, see http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/14/science/earth/14vieques.html?_r=1&hpw -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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