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Okinawa prefectural assembly committee adopts chairman’s statement protesting foam extinguisher leakage at Futenma

  • April 17, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times wrote that the Okinawa prefectural assembly’s special committee on U.S. base issues unanimously approved on Thursday a chairman’s statement protesting the incident in which foam extinguisher containing perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) leaked from MCAS Futenma. Saying that the incident is very regrettable and should not have happened, the statement called for an investigation into the cause of the incident and prevention of similar incidents in the future

In related stories, both papers wrote that Vice Governor Jahana is planning to visit the Futenma base today to see the site firsthand and lodge a protest with officials of the U.S. Marines and U.S. Consulate General Naha. The papers noted that Jahana’s visit is separate from the onsite investigation the prefectural government is seeking based on the U.S.-Japan environmental agreement to supplement the Status of Forces Agreement.

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