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zona de bombardeo como zona de conservación 'natural' si lvestre!!!!!!!

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    American Prospect Primeval Minefield BY Mark Goldberg 1 November 2004 Copyright © 2004 Bell & Howell Information and Learning Company American Prospect Volume
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      American Prospect

      Primeval Minefield

      BY Mark Goldberg

      1 November 2004
      Copyright © 2004 Bell & Howell Information and Learning Company

      American Prospect
      Volume 15; Issue 11; ISSN: 10497285

      FOR A FEDERAL STATUTE, the Wilderness Act of 1964 contains some
      unusually poetic language. As if channeling Henry David Thoreau, the
      act defines a federal wilderness area as a place "where the earth and
      its community are untrammeled by man ... retaining its primeval
      character and influence ... and that generally appears to have been
      affected primarily by forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work
      substantially unnoticeable."

      It's therefore a wonder how on God's green earth a large swath of land
      used as a naval bombing range for 50 years could qualify as a federal
      wilderness area. And yet in April 2003, when the Navy ceased its
      operations on the tiny Puerto Rican island of Vieques, the Department
      of Defense turned over the territorial jurisdiction of lands it
      formerly used as ammo dumps, training facilities, and bombing ranges to
      the Department of the Interior. The Interior Department, in accord with
      an act of Congress, then "administered" about 900 acres of the eastern
      portion of the island as a designated wilderness area.

      This not-at-all-innocent distinction means that humans are not allowed
      access to the area. And this is exactly why Congress-more precisely,
      some members of the House Armed Services Committee-colluded with the
      Department of Defense in 2002 to designate these 900 acres as
      "wilderness." The Navy is responsible for the costs of cleaning
      portions of Vieques, but by declaring the former bombing range
      uninhabitable, the Navy is magically spared the task of clearing
      unexploded munitions.

      While no one actually lives on the former bombing range, there is a town
      close by, and the possibility remains that lead and other contaminants
      might leach into the groundwater. Furthermore, contamination from the
      site could migrate to the ocean from storm-water runoff on the beaches.
      Nearly half the residents of Vieques eat fish once or twice a week, and
      a contaminated fish and shellfish population could create a
      public-health crisis throughout the island. Should this happen, points
      out Congressman Jose Serrano of the Bronx, a champion of the
      environmental cleanup of Vieques who commissioned the Congressional
      Research Service report that brought this tale to light, the Navy would
      be required to pay for the cleanup-and might be liable for a good deal
      more than that.

      No doubt these fields of unexploded ordnance and contaminants make for a
      unique habitat, but that's not quite the same as "primeval."

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