Poisoned Paradise Part I

Here is Part I of CNN's prime-time investigative report on the ongoing health crisis on Vieques, Puerto Rico


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A Forgotten Health Crisis

Health care may headline the national agenda in all but one area: the health crisis of Vieques. From 1941-2003, the United States Navy used the island of Vieques as a bombing range for test military exercises. Now, sixty-two years of exposure to napalm, depleted uranium, and agent orange leaves an alarming toxic health legacy for the Vieques people, 9000 United States citizens.


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TIME Magazine Story Highlights Moral Crisis in Vieques

By: Eric Sapp

What would you do if you found out that people in your neighborhood had a 30% higher cancer rate, 25% higher infant mortality rate, and 95% higher cirrhosis of the liver rate than the surrounding area?  Then you found out that hair sample surveys of your neighbors showed that 34% of the population have toxic levels of mercury, 55% are contaminated with lead, 69% with arsenic, 69% with cadmium, 90% with aluminum, and 93% with antimony.  What would you do?  What would you expect your government to do?

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