United States Fish & Wildlife Service And the Community of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Punta Arenas. What is USFWS?.
United States Fish & Wildlife Service
And the Community of Vieques, Puerto Rico
TFLAC (Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean
Presented at the Congress of Latin American Studies Association
In 2005, the Navy conducted a Preliminary Range Assessment and Phase I Expanded Range Assessment.
The Time Critical Removal Action began in April 2005. By the end of April 2005, all of the east Vieques beaches (about 50 to 70 acres) were investigated and 62 munitions items (also called unexploded ordnance or UXO) had been identified and removed from the surface of the beaches.
In cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Puerto Rico’s Environmental Quality Board, the United States Navy has subcontracted CH2M HILL and PIKA International to locate and remove munitions from former Navy lands.
The people searching for unexploded ordinance remove them by BIP (blow in place). According to Fish & Wildlife officials, this is necessary because the ammunition located in the Wildlife Refuge is too large to be detonated in any existing controlled detonation chamber and by law most UXO cannot be moved by employees of the contractors.
Geography 190 – From De-militarization to the Re-development of Vieques
Prof. S. Davis
Special thanks to the people of Vieques, and more specifically those who took the time to talk and work with us.
For more information:
http://www.fws.gov/southeast/ (US Fish & Wildlife Service)
http://www.epa.gov/region02/vieques/ (US Environmental Protection Agency)
http://public.lantops-ir.org/sites/public/vieques/default.aspx (US NAVY explanation of clean-up)
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/vieques/vieques.html (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)
Email: [email protected] (John Lindsay-Poland) Coordinator, Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean