Superfund Site Profile
The former Vieques Naval installation was a 23,000-acre facility located on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. From the mid-1940s until 2003, significant amounts of munitions items were fired during military training. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico considered Vieques the highest priority facility for cleanup, and in 2005 large portions of Vieques and the surrounding waters were placed on the National Priorities List (NPL). The Vieques Environmental Restoration Program faces unique challenges such as unexploded ordnance across thousands of acres of land and sea floor, abundant ecologically and culturally sensitive resources, and the sometimes differing viewpoints and objectives of numerous stakeholders, including the local community, educational and scientific organizations, and various advocacy groups.