2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2010 21:52:12 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, BIOTA: NOAA study of Vieques (PR) sediments and corals
News Release
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
June 4, 2010

NOAA Study: Vieques Marine Environment Contamination Levels Similar to Rest of Region

NOAA scientists are reporting in a newly published study that the health of the marine environment of Vieques, Puerto Rico - the site of military training activities from 1941 to 2003 which included live bombing exercises on the eastern side of the island, is comparable to the rest of the region.

Scientists are reporting that contamination of coastal sediments and corals is generally low and the condition of fish populations, coral reef ecosystem conditions, and contaminant levels around Vieques are comparable to those for other coral reef ecosystems in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Their condition appears to be shaped primarily by regional-scale processes such as nutrient enrichment and overfishing rather than local factors.

The majority of the affected land on Vieques, an island seven miles southeast of the main island of Puerto Rico, is now the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The land was formerly owned by the U.S. Navy.


For the entire press release, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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