Title: Addressing Environmental Concerns in Vieques, Puerto Rico Through Community Participatory Research
Open Date: February 20, 2019 – April 23, 2019
Addressing Environmental Concerns in Vieques, Puerto Rico Through Community Participatory Research
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of the Addressing Environmental Concerns in Vieques, Puerto Rico Through Community Participatory ResearchRequest for Application (RFA).
For over 60 years, the small island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, was used as a bombing range and site for military-training exercises including live bombing. Unexploded ordnance and remnants of exploded ordnance have been identified in the range areas of Vieques, and in the surrounding waters. Hazardous substances that may be present at the site include mercury, lead, copper, magnesium, lithium, perchlorate, TNT, napalm, depleted uranium, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), solvents, and pesticides.
Previous studies do not offer a clear picture of the extent of environmental contamination in Vieques. Because contamination is not fully characterized, there is insufficient information to determine the exposure status at the Vieques Superfund Site and assess the risk posed to human health and ecosystem.
EPA is seeking applications to develop a community participatory research program to address specific research areas that will foster a better understanding of environmental contamination, impact, and mitigation options at the Vieques, Puerto Rico site. These areas include developing approaches and methods to detect and characterize the baseline level of contamination in Vieques, assessing human health and ecosystem impacts caused by contaminant exposure in Vieques, and developing innovative approaches to mitigate contamination and enhance remediation at the Site.
This RFA is soliciting research to facilitate the effective testing, evaluation, quantification and mitigation of the toxic substances in the soil, seas, plant, animal and human population of Vieques.
For information on eligibility, project specifications or how to apply, go to Addressing Environmental Concerns in Vieques, Puerto Rico Through Community Participatory Research.