2019 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2019 17:34:45 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PFAS, GLOBAL: "Okinawa and the US Military Link to PFAS Toxins"
Okinawa and the US Military Link to PFAS Toxins
The Japanese island hosting U.S. military bases and training sites is a forerunner in exposing the contamination, writes Pat Elder. 
Fire-Fighting Exercises Spread ‘Forever Chemicals’

By Pat Elder
World BEYOND War
February 7, 2019

Contaminants are being detected in water samplings in communities adjacent to U.S. military installations around the world. One forerunning example - publicized more than five years ago - is the Japanese island of Okinawa, which hosts 32 U.S. bases and 48 training sites.

In 2013, The Japan Times published an exposé about the high concentrations of toxins generically known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in the drinking water in Okinawa communities adjacent to Kadena Air Base and the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

The chemicals are found in the fire-fighting foam used in routine fire-training exercises on these bases and have been found in groundwater samplings. The Military Times in June ran an article about several women who have suffered miscarriages on military bases and have begun wondering if they were tied to something in the water. 


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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