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Vieques, Puerto Rico

Meeting Summary the 2009 Vieques Scientific Consultation

Note: The purpose of the 2009 meeting was to review and discuss studies that have been conducted for Vieques and generate recommendations for further work. During the two-day meeting, participants posed questions and made individual recommendations.

Appendix C - Inventory of Studies Discussed


  1. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Health Assessment for Isla de Vieques Bombing Range: Fish and Shellfish, Vieques, Puerto Rico. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2003.
  2. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Health Consultation for Isla de Vieques Bombing Range: Land Crab. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2006.
  3. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Health Assessment for Isla de Vieques Bombing Range: Soil Pathway, Vieques, Puerto Rico. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2003.
  4. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Health Assessment for Isla de Vieques Bombing Range: Air, Vieques, Puerto Rico. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2003.
  5. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Health Assessment for Drinking Water Supplies and Groundwater Pathway, Isla de Vieques Bombing Range, Vieques, Puerto Rico. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2001.
  6. Barton JV, Porter JW.  2004.  Radiological, Chemical, and Environmental Health Assessment of the Marine Resources of the Isla de Vieques Bombing Range, Bahia Salina del Sur, Puerto Rico. Underwater Ordnance Recovery, Incorporated.
  7. Caro D, Nazario ML, Diáz N. 2000. Toxicological Survey of Heavy Metals in Fish Populations at Vieques Island. Metropolitan University, School of Environmental Affairs.
  8. Colón de Jorge C, Santiago E, Brooks JF, Lopez Perez F, Rivera J, Valle R.  2000.  Innocence Battered on Vieques, Scientific Investigation of Toxic Metals Present in the Biological Terrain of Vieques Children and Adults and Their Effects on Nutrient Mineral utilizing Hair and Feces Analysis. Scientific Committee of Licensed Naturopaths of Puerto Rico.
  9. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Department of Health. 2006.  Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Vieques 1990-2001.
  10. Cruz-Perez R. 1999. Contamination Produced by Explosives and Residues from Explosives in Vieques, Puerto Rico.
  11. Diáz E, Massol-Deyá A.  2003.  Trace Element Composition in Forage Samples from a Military Target Range, Three Agricultural Areas, and One Natural Area in Puerto Rico.  Caribb J Sci 39(2): 215-20.
  12. Diáz de Osborne E, Acevendo-Acevendo P, Massol-Deyá A.  2008.  Evaluation of Heavy Metals in Agricultural Products of a Farm with Organic Practices in the Bo. Lujan Sector Destination of Vieques (Puerto Rico). Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas and Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez.
  13. Herrera FL, Calixta Ortíz M, Alicea B, Diáz B, Cardona S, Guerra N. 2000. Preliminary Evaluation of the Physical and Chemical Conditions of Sea Grasses Thalassia testudium and Syringodium filiforme in Vieques. Metropolitan University, School of Environmental Affairs, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Arecibo.
  14. Hoffsommer JC, Glover DJ. 1978. Vieques Litigation Support: Explosives Analyses of Water and Soil Samples taken on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico May 11 through 16, 1978. Silver Spring, Maryland.
  15. Massol-Deyá A, Diáz E.  2000.  Heavy Metals in the Impact Area Prevailing Vegetation, Vieques, Puerto Rico. Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas and Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez.
  16. Massol-Deyá A, Diáz E. 2000.  Biomagnification of Carcinogenic Metals in Crab Tissue, Vieques, Puerto Rico. Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas and Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez.
  17. Massol-Deyá A, Diáz E.  2001.  Toxic Metals in the Vegetation of the Civilian Zone, Vieques, Puerto Rico. Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas and Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez.
  18. Massol-Deyá A.  2001.  Herbivorous: Additional Evidence of Heavy Metal Mobilization through the Food Web. Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas.
  19. Massol-Deyá A, Diáz de Osborne E.  2002.  Science and Ecology: Vieques in Environmental Crisis. 3rd ed. Adjuntas, Puerto Rico: Casa Pueblo Publications. p. 25-6.
  20. Massol-Deyá A, Pérez D, Pérez E, Berrios M, Diáz E. 2005.  Trace Elements Analysis in Forage Samples from a U.S. Navy Bombing Range (Vieques, Puerto Rico). Int J Environ Res Public Health 2(2) 263-6.
  21. Ortíz Roque C.  2001.  Heavy Metals Confirmed in the People of Vieques; Study to Determine Presence of Heavy Metals in Hair of Humans at Vieques.
  22. Ortíz Roque C.  2002. Heavy Metal Exposure and Disease in the Proximity of a Military Base. College of Physicians and Surgeons, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  23. Ortíz Roque C, López-Rivera Y.  2004.  Mercury Contamination in Reproductive Age Women in a Caribbean island: Vieques. J Epidemiol Community Health 58: 756-7.
  24. Porter JW.  Memorandum to Chet Tisdale from James Porter concerning Draft Findings in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Athens, Georgia. December 6, 1999.
  25. Williams P. Press release UGA Ecologist and Coral Reef Expert Part of Team That Discovered Bombs, Sunken Ships Off Disputed Puerto Rican Island, December 13, 1999.

* Individual recommendations from the 2009 meeting were taken into consideration, and many of the issues are being addressed in the Summary Report.


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