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Okinawa to expand surveys of toxic substances near U.S. bases

  • March 13, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times
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Okinawa Times wrote that the Okinawa prefectural government plans to conduct field surveys to check for potential contamination with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), possible carcinogens, in areas around all U.S. military bases in fiscal 2020, which begins in April. Until now, such surveys have only been conducted at 18 locations near Kadena AB and MCAS Futenma. The local government is set to identify 36 additional sites in the vicinity of other U.S. installations to check whether or not local water is contaminated with the toxic substances.

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