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PUBLIC NOTICE
Time-Critical Removal Action
Vieques Environmental Restoration Program

The Department of the Navy (Navy), in collaboration with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2, the Puerto Rico Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (PRDNER), and the United States Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), will be implementing a Time Critical Removal Action (TCRA) to reduce the explosive hazard associated with potential munitions that may be present at Playa Caracas/Red Beach, Playuela/Garcia Beach, and Playa La Chiva/Blue Beach, located within Munitions Response Site (MRS) UXO 17 at the former Vieques Naval Training Range (VNTR) in Vieques, Puerto Rico. These beaches were formerly used by the Navy for amphibious landing training exercises and have undergone previous munitions clearance. The planned TCRA is an additional precautionary measure.

This TCRA is intended to ensure the public can continue to safely access these areas. However, between February and June 2021, public use of the above identified beaches will not be allowed when TCRA fieldwork activities are being conducted. The beach closures will be coordinated with USFWS to minimize the amount of time any particular beach is closed to public use.

An electronic version of the TCRA Work Plan can be downloaded HERE. Any questions regarding the TCRA can be directed to:

Kevin Cloe: Kevin.cloe@navy.mil

Maria Danois: Maria.danois@navy.mil

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AVISO PÚBLICO
Acción de Remoción de Tiempo Crítico
Programa de Restauración Ambiental de Vieques

El Departamento de la Marina (Marina), en colaboración con la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés) Región 2, el Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales de Puerto Rico (PRDNER, por sus siglas en inglés), y el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de los Estados Unidos (USFWS, por sus siglas en inglés), implementarán una Acción de Remoción de Tiempo Crítico (TCRA, por sus siglas en inglés) para reducir el riesgo explosivo asociado con posibles municiones que pueden estar presentes en Playa Caracas/Red Beach, Playuela/Garcia Beach, y Playa La Chiva/Blue Beach, ubicadas dentro del Sitio de Respuesta a Municiones (MRS, por sus siglas en inglés) UXO 17 en el antiguo Campo de Adiestramiento Naval de Vieques (VNTR, por sus siglas en inglés) en Vieques, Puerto Rico. Estas playas fueron utilizadas anteriormente por la Marina para ejercicios de entrenamiento de desembarcos anfibios y han sido objeto de limpiezas previas de municiones. El TCRA previsto es una medida de precaución adicional.

Este TCRA tiene como objetivo asegurar que el público pueda seguir accediendo sin riesgos a estas zonas. Sin embargo, entre febrero y junio de 2021, el uso público de las playas mencionadas anteriormente, no estará permitido mientras se lleve a cabo actividades de trabajo de campo. Los cierres de playas serán coordinados con USFWS para minimizar la cantidad de tiempo que una playa en particular este cerrada al uso público.

Una versión electrónica del Plan de Trabajo del TCRA se puede descargar AQUÍ. Cualquier pregunta con respecto al TCRA puede ser dirigida a:

Kevin Cloe: Kevin.cloe@navy.mil

Maria Danois: Maria.danois@navy.mil

 

 

Welcome to the website of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic (NAVFAC Atlantic) for the former Vieques Naval Installation. The former Vieques Naval installation is a 23,000-acre facility located on Vieques Island, which is located off the southeast coast of the mainland of Puerto Rico.

The island was used for military training for members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. From the mid-1940s until 2003, more than 300,000 munitions items were fired during military training operations, including naval gunfire, air-to-ground bombing, and marine artillery fire. It is estimated that up to 9,000 acres of the property may contain munitions and munitions-related items.

It is important to the Navy that community members have access to accurate and timely information about the actions NAVFAC Atlantic in coordination with its agency partners is taking to implement the Environmental Restoration Program. The Navy is committed to protecting public health and the environment. This website is one of the ways the community can learn about environmental restoration activities, including Munitions Safety, on Vieques and participate in the decision-making process.

 

February 2020 RAB Meeting Posters

Click on an image below to view a larger version of the poster with detailed information about the Vieques Environmental Restoration Program.

Status and Plan for IR Sites Status and Plan for Underwater and Beach Sites Status and Plan for Munitions Response Sites
Status and Plan for Installation Restoration Sites 
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Estado Actual y Plan para los Sitios de Restauración de la Instalación en Vieques
 
Status and Plan for Underwater and Beach Sites
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Estado y Plan para los Sitios Submarinos y Playas de Vieques
 
Status and Plan for Munitions Response Sites
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Estado Actual y Plan para los Sitios de Respuesta a Municiones en Vieques
 
Public Use Areas and Offshore Safety Zones CERCLA Process Open Detonation
Public Use Areas and Offshore Safety Zones
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Áreas de Uso Público y Zonas de Seguridad Fuera de la Costa
CERCLA Process
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Proceso CERCLA
Open Detonation
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Detonación Abierta

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