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Water pollution detected near U.S. bases in Okinawa

The Monday edition of Mainichi published a prominent inside-page article on the repeated detection of cancer-causing chemicals in spring water in the vicinity of U.S. military installations in Okinawa. As very high levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) have been detected near Kadena AB and MCAS Futenma, the prefectural government reportedly suspects that the U.S. military is the source of contamination. However, as the U.S. military has reportedly turned down the prefectural government’s requests for access to the facilities, the daily noted that it has been trying to obtain relevant information through the U.S.’s Freedom of Information Act.     

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