Evelyn Delerme, Mayor of Vieques, Puerto Rico, continues to seek justice for the people of Vieques, and recently reminded President Barack Obama, after his recent speech to Hispanic organizations, that there is legislation pending to compensate the Vieques population for health damages caused by U.S. military maneuvers and to improve health services on the island.
The mayor stated stated that in 2008, President Obama promised to monitor the health of the people of Vieques and to promote solutions to their ongoing health problems. “Moreover,” Delerme said, “the White House Task Force on Puerto Rico acknowledged in 2011 that there is a health crisis in our island municipality. However, the Obama administration continues to ignore the Vieques struggle. As a result of more than six decades of bombing, and because of the toxins and pollutants left by the United States Navy, at least four generations of viequenses have been exposed to toxins and heavy metals, with devastating medical consequences. Numerous scientific studies and the Puerto Rico’s Department of Health have shown that rates of serious illness in Vieques, including cancer, are much higher than those of the inhabitants of the island of Puerto Rico in general.”
She reminded the President that federal legislation H.R. 1645—the Recovery and Development of Vieques Project—is pending. This legislation would help build a modern hospital and a toxin research center, and would compensate the residents of Vieques “for damages to their health” as a result of military contamination/pollution.
[Many thanks to Robert Rabin for bringing this item to our attention.]
For original article (in Spanish), see http://www.elnuevodia.com/alcaldesalepideaobamaquenoolvideavieques-1284929.html#.T-TQAHsWU3M.facebook