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U.S. Air Force skips environmental surveys at site of firing of depleted uranium bullets

  • May 8, 2019
  • , Okinawa Times
  • JMH Translation

Okinawa Times led with an article by Jon Mitchell, a Japan-based British journalist and author, claiming that he has learned from Air Force documents obtained through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act that the U.S. military had not conducted regular environmental surveys of plants, animals, and water on Torishima Island in Okinawa at least until September 2010 after U.S. military aircrafts accidentally fired approximately 1,520 depleted uranium bullets at the Tori Shima Range on the island during training exercises from December 1995 to January 1996. According to the documents, the Air Force, concerned that environmental surveys might expose personnel to radiation, decided not to conduct them. Mitchell argues that this contradicts the GOJ explanations in 1997 and 2002 that the bullets had a negligible impact on the environment. 



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