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Okinawa assembly asks GOJ to address PFOS contamination

  • July 23, 2019
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times wrote that a group of Okinawa prefectural assembly members visited the Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Defense on Monday to submit an opinion paper calling on the GOJ to take measures to deal with the detection of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and other organic fluorine compounds in groundwater near the Kadena AB and MCAS Futenma and determine the cause of the contamination. According to the assembly members, an official at the Defense Ministry told them that the U.S. military has turned down a request from Japanese authorities for access to the U.S. bases to conduct onsite surveys by citing the absence of regulations on PFOS in Japan.

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