Saturday, July 11, 2009
Rincon Puerto Rico Nuclear Test Site and Surf Spot
I recently went back to Puerto Rico with my Boo and I returned to a town called "Rincon". It was my 3rd or 4th trip to this cozy beach town. A few friends of mine own property and migrate during winter months to escape the NY weather and Surf all winter. I knew of the famous surf spot called "DOMES" and I knew that there was a dome there but I never asked what was in the DOME. I did a little research and I found out it was a Nuclear Reactor in the 60's and I was shocked. I was called a "BONUS" Reactor. It was developed as a prototype nuclear power plant to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of the integral boiling superheating concept. This small scale nuclear reactor produced saturated steam in the central portion of the reactor and then used it in a direct loop to drive a turbine generator. They said they removed all the nuclear material when they decommissioned it in the 1969-70. I have my reservations about things like this. When I realized what it was it made me think of the show "LOST". This odd nuclear reactor sitting in the corner of Puerto Rico in the jungle and seeming like a mysterious experiment gone wrong. I know the US government used P.R. as a testing ground for the Birth Control pill on humans and a weapons target range in Viegues until recently. I remember reading about elevated Cancer levels in Vieques due to spent uranium pellets and other toxins associated with the bombings. Im wondering what the Cancer levels in Rincon are like since the 60's.
I read about a famous surfer Duke Micheal that died 6 months ago of Lung Cancer. He was based in Rincon and coincidentally a much younger surfer from NJ that was a regular to Rincon died this year of Cancer(Brain or Lung im not sure). As Yogi Berra would say "That's too coincidental to be a coincidence."