|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Sat, 7 Mar 2009 17:23:12 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, NATURAL RESOURCES: Vieques (PR) underwater UXO|
Undersea bombs threaten marine life By Azadeh Ansari CNN February 26, 2009(CNN) -- Beyond the golden beaches and beneath the blue waters of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques is a site that resembles more of a munitions graveyard than a Caribbean paradise.
Hundreds of corroding and unexploded bombs litter the sea floor, leaking toxins and taking a toll on nearby marine life. The munitions were left by the U.S. Navy, which had a training site on Vieques for six decades.
"We know that these munitions are leaking cancer-causing materials and endangering sea life," said marine ecologist James Porter, associate dean of the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, who recently completed a research trip to Vieques.
Responding to a request by the governor's office of Puerto Rico, Porter tested the island's waters for the presence of radioactive material surrounding the sunken USS Killen, a World War II-era destroyer used as target practice for Navy missiles.
.... For the entire story, see http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/02/26/undersea.munitions.cleanup/index.html#cnnSTCText -- 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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