|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:24:10 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] GLOBAL: "U.S. military report suggests cover-up over toxic pollution in Okinawa"|
U.S. military report suggests cover-up over toxic pollution in Okinawa Documents showing sky-high PCB levels in soil raise questions about state of other U.S. bases by Jon Mitchell Japan Times March 17, 2014 In the late 1980s, the United States military discovered levels of toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at land on Kadena Air Base that exceeded safe standards by magnitudes of many hundreds, suggests an in-house report obtained by The Japan Times. Despite the possible risks to service members and local Okinawans, it appears the U.S Air Force failed to alert Japanese authorities and has been concealing information about the contamination - which potentially remains dangerous today - for more than 25 years. According to the documents, base officials discovered the pollution following a November 1986 accident in which 20 gallons (76 liters) of oil spilled from an electrical transformer at an open storage area within Kadena. Subsequent environmental tests conducted by a military laboratory in the U.S. revealed in March 1987 that the spilled oil contained PCBs at a concentration of 214 parts per million (ppm) - but the soil was contaminated at 2,290 ppm. A second round of tests, returned in October 1987, showed soil contamination of 5,535 ppm. The report - written on Dec. 1, 1987 - concluded that the pollution must have predated the accident: "It appears that the incident [the November 1986 spill] merely ‘opened a can of worms.’ Soil sampling in the open storage yard would have yielded high PCB levels whether the spill had occurred or not." … For the entire article, see http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2014/03/17/issues/u-s-military-report-suggests-cover-up-over-toxic-pollution-in-okinawa -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope Street Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650-961-8918 or 650-969-1545 Fax: 650-961-8918 LSiegel@cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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