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U.S. military says barbecue caused foam extinguisher leak at Futenma 

Asahi and NHK reported on Saturday that according to the Defense Ministry, the U.S. military has explained that the massive leak of foam extinguisher containing perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) from MCAS Futenma in April occurred as a result of a barbecue held at a base hangar. When heat from the barbecue triggered the release of foam extinguisher inside the facility, the participants and first responders reportedly did not know how to stop it and it continued for more than 30 minutes. Due to a maintenance failure, underground storage was also unable to contain the massive volume of leaked foam. As a result, the foam flowed from the installation into a nearby river. The barbecue was reportedly organized to boost the morale of personnel who had been under quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak after completing overseas assignments. 

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