Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rep. Steven Rothman: The People of Vieques, Puerto Rico Deserve Justice from the U.S. Government

"The injustice toward the people of Vieques, Puerto Rico must end. Vieques is a small island off the south east coast of Puerto Rico that was used as a bombing range by the U.S. Navy from World War II until 2003. The munitions used in and around Vieques contained toxins that have affected the health of the residents. Yet in 2003, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) issued a report that said that the levels posed no health risk (...) ...The people of Vieques deserve answers for the undisputed high rates of disease that they have encountered over the years. Residents of Vieques have a 25% higher infant mortality rate, 30% higher rate of cancer, a 95% higher rate of cirrhosis of the liver, a 381% higher rate of hypertension, and a 41% higher rate of diabetes than those on the main island of Puerto Rico." Continue reading: The People of Vieques, Puerto Rico Deserve Justice from the U.S. Government by Rep. Steven Rothman, The Huffington Post May 17, 2010