2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <LSiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 07:47:00 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, HEALTH: Vieques (PR) court ruling
[The residents of Vieques would have had a tough hill to climb to prove in court that emissions from military training on their island caused illnesses and disease, but this account of the Appeals Court ruling says they won't even have an opportunity to make their case. - LS]

U.S. court dismisses Puerto Ricans' suit over arms testing

By Terry Baynes
February 14, 2012

Puerto Rican residents lost a bid on Tuesday to force the U.S. government to recognize the health effects on the local population of testing of weapons and experimenting with chemicals on the island of Vieques for decades.

A U.S. appeals court in Boston ruled that the federal government has immunity from any lawsuit over its actions.

For about six decades after World War II, the U.S. Navy used a portion of Vieques as a weapons-testing ground and firing range, detonating bombs and experimenting with chemicals from napalm to Agent Orange and depleted uranium. The military abandoned the base in 2003 under political pressure.

Juanita Sanchez, a resident of the island, sued on behalf of her daughter and some 7,000 others in 2007. The suit accused the U.S. military of causing illnesses among inhabitants, including a 30 percent higher cancer rate compared to Puerto Rico's main island.


For the entire article, see
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/15/us-puertorico-lawsuit- vieques-idUSTRE81E07Y20120215


Lenny Siegel
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