Vieques is a small Puerto Rican island with some 9,000 inhabitants. For six decades, Vieques served as a bombing range, military training site, and storage depot for the US Navy, until its residents rescued their homeland from the grip of militarism
Matt SmithKatharine Mieszkowski
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists/Center for Investigative Reporting
In a once-secret 1947 Navy memo, officials discussed the “insufficiency” of ship decontamination. Radioactive ships were cleared for use, not because they were safe, the memo said, but because the Navy lacked a means to make them so.