Dr. James Porter (University of Georgia) will give a lecture on “Freedom, Environmental Protection, and Human Rights: Carcinogenic Compounds Leaking from Unexploded Bombs on a Vieques, Puerto Rico Coral Reef.” The lecture will be delivered at the Reef Relief Annual Meeting at the Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds Street, Key West, Florida on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00pm.
James Porter [also see April 19 post “Ongoing demands for the decontamination of Vieques”], a Yale-trained professor of ecology and marine sciences at the University of Georgia, is the coral reef expert who, with two other divers, discovered that live bombs and two sunken ships lay in the waters of Bahía Salinas del Sur and Roca Alcatraz off the island of Vieques. Porter and his team of scientists found that the sea bottom was littered by unexploded live ordnance, 2000-pound bombs, artillery shells, compressed gas cylinders, bombs leaking toxic material onto the delicate coral reefs, and a barge of 50-gallon drums –from 900-1000— filled with unknown contents. Porter, with James Barton, published the results of the series of studies in a document entitled Radiological, Chemical, and Environmental Health Assessment of the Marine Resources on the Isla de Vieques Bombing Range, Bahia del Sur, Puerto Rico (March 2004).
Reef Relief is a global nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting coral reefs.
For more information on Dr. James Porter’s findings (and photo), see http://www.elandar.com/vieques/story_vieques_porter1.html and http://www.uga.edu/columns/090302/news-munitions.html
For more information about Reef Relief and the June 24th event with Dr. Porter, you may call 305-294-3100 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org