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U.S. military conducts additional sampling of soil following PFOS spill at Futenma

  • May 2, 2020
  • , Asahi
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Saturday’s Asahi wrote that the U.S. military responded on Friday to a request from the Defense Ministry and other Japanese authorities to conduct a soil sampling survey following the leakage of foam extinguisher containing PFOS from MCAS Futenma. According to the ministry, the U.S. side took soil samples in five locations following the removal on April 24 of soil from an area near a hangar at the base where the foam extinguisher had leaked. This time the samples were taken in the presence of officials of the GOJ, the Okinawa Prefectural Government, and Ginowan City Government, and some of the samples were provided to the central and prefectural governments. The paper wrote, however, that the U.S. military still has not heeded the prefectural and municipality governments’ request for samples of the soil that was previously removed from the leakage site. A prefectural government official who observed the sampling work told reporters that some progress has been made because soil samples were provided to the prefectural government this time, but that they will continue to call on the U.S. side to provide samples of the soil that was removed previously.

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