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Sep
18

Civilian exposure to munitions-specific carcinogens and resulting cancer risks for civilians on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques following military exercises from 1947 to 1998

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Civilian exposure to munitions-specific carcinogens and resulting cancer risks for civilians on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques following military exercises from 1947 to 1998

Hans Sanderson, Patrik Fauser, Ricky Steven Stauber, Jesper Christensen, Per Løfstrøm & Thomas Becker To cite this article: Hans Sanderson, Patrik Fauser, Ricky Steven Stauber, Jesper Christensen, Per Løfstrøm & Thomas Becker (2017) Civilian exposure to munitions-specific carcinogens and resulting cancer risks for civilians on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques following military exercises from 1947 to 1998, Global Security: Health, Science and Policy, 2:1, 39-60 To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23779497.2017.1369358

ABSTRACT
Estimation of legacy public health risks from munitions residues near or at former military test
ranges has for the past decades been a challenge to health authorities. Parts of the island of Vieques
(PR) were for six decades used for military training, and these are now declared as a Superfund site.
ATSDR has conducted site assessments there and found no cause for public health concerns. The
reports and findings of ATSDR have since been heavily contested and disputed. This paper provides
a case study on cancer risk screening of munitions-specific carcinogens for the full period of military
training on Vieques. Added cancer risks and Margins of Exposure for the different carcinogens for
each year were derived. We found that there is a potential for cancer risk concern related to BaP
exposures. Furthermore, there were health risks from TNT exposures. The primary exposure route of
these compounds was oral. The period 1992–1997 showed a significantly elevated lung and bronchus
cancer incidence rate in Vieques compared to Puerto Rico mainland mainly among women  and men 50–64 yr. These correlate with high munitions exposures in the period 1977–1984.

Full Paper Here

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May
19

​​10 Awesome Adventures to Have in Vieques

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Mar
11

Robbie & Andrea Get Engaged!

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You could ask for nicer guests and or to share a happier occasion. During their week’s stay in the Studio at Casa de Kathy, Robbie and Andrea were engaged on the Esperanza Beach, a five minute walk from the guest house.  The ring was a beautiful pearl with a pretty setting. They were beaming the entire week, but that did not keep them from exploring Vieques on bikes and motor scooters. They truly made the best of their time in Vieques! The excitement does not end there: in July they move to Taiwan to teach English. I love to host people with open hearts and minds!

Congrats Robbie and Andrea!

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Mar
08

International Women’s Day Protest

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Women in Vieques (and their supporters) blocked the Main St. in front of the Post Office for an hour and a half on Wednesday, March 8, 2017,  as they participated with thousands of women around the world on International Women’s Day protests. Local women spoke out about the right to control their own bodies, education on gender issues, the need to reopen the Vieques maternity ward, need for specialists in Vieques to treat cancer and other diseases, need for a functioning ferry service, need for more well-paid jobs and pay equity, the need for healthy, organic food, among many other issues. Here is the video of our spirited picket.  See Spanish below.

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

Para difusión inmediata

Paro Internacional de Mujeres en Vieques

Mujeres viequenses bloquean la calle principal de la capital​ de VIEQUES​

8 marzo de 2017. Vieques, Puerto Rico: Hoy casi un centenar de personas se unieron al paro internacional de las Mujeres en Vieques, PR.   Mujeres viequenses bloquearon la calle principal de la capital Isabel Segunda de 11:00 AM a 12:30 PM para llamar atención a la situación grave de injusticias e incumplimiento del gobierno hacia las necesidades del pueblo de Vieques.

La cruzacalle que bloqueó la calle dijo “Mujeres en Contra de la Junta por la Salud de Vieques”.  Las consignas del día exigían la apertura de la sala de parto, trabajo digno y bien remunerado, mejoras en el sistema de transportación marítima, cero tolerancia a acoso sexual, entre otras.

Se hizo recolecta de cientos de firmas en una petición al Gobernador y a la Junta de Control Fiscal con los reclamos de la protesta.

Se pasó un micrófono entre las docenas de manifestantes del piquete ofreciendo la oportunidad a cada persona de expresar sus reclamos.

VER el VIDEO del Piquete en VIEQUES el 8 de marzo de 2017

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Jan
18

Learn the original names of our beaches

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THanks to Ticatove for this important reminder to preserve the history and culture of Vieques!

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Dec
28

Swim with the turtles at Mosquito Pier

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Drive 15 minutes from Casa de Kathy to the Mosquito Pier. You can snorkel with the turtles as shown in this exciting video.

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Dec
20

Great Map of Vieques Beaches

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Check out this great map to Vieques beaches and my guide to snorkeling. http://www.casadekathy.com/vieques/snorkeling/

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May
02

Awesome video of Vieques’ beauty

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Awesome video of Vieques’ beauty

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Apr
18

Endangered baby turtles released in Vieques

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Mar
30

Justice for Vieques NOW!

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Justice for Vieques NOW!

photos 15 sep 2015 protesta RAB (2)This web site was created by Kathy Gannett, owner of Casa de Kathy as a service to the community.  Kathy offers this to residents and visitors who want to learn about the history of the military in Vieques and the movement for an immediate and complete cleanup of military toxics.  There are dozens of beautiful beaches in Vieques which are safe to visit.  There rae dozens more which are off limits and which need to be cleaned up.  We hope you will join our struggle to demand the US government take swift action to cleanup Vieques and provide needed health services.

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