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U.S. military removes soil possibly contaminated with PFOS from Futenma base

  • April 25, 2020
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Saturday’s Asahi reported that the U.S. military on Friday removed soil near the Futenma hangar where a large amount of foam extinguisher containing PFOS and other toxic substances leaked earlier this month. While Japanese officials, including those from the local governments, were allowed to observe the work at the site, the base authorities reportedly turned down Okinawa’s request to be allowed to take samples of the soil to test for contamination, with a prefectural government official calling the U.S. refusal “deeply regrettable.” According to the daily, Defense Minister Kono dismissed the need to analyze the soil that was removed when speaking to the press on Friday.

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