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GOJ official hopes PFAS-contaminated water will be diluted to safe level before being discharged

  • July 15, 2021
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that Ginowan Mayor Matsukawa held a meeting with Prime Minister Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato, and Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Sugita at the Kantei on Wednesday. Concerning the U.S. military’s plan to release wastewater contaminated with PFAS from MCAS Futenma into a local public sewage facility outside the base, Sugita reportedly said that the chemicals in the water must be diluted to a level at which the municipality can be certain based on science that the discharge will cause no health problems. While saying that it is troubling that there are no definite standards for the release of wastewater, the mayor said that it may become necessary for the city government to study the possibility of allowing the contaminated water to be discharged into sewers if the Ministry of Environment or another entity confirms that the PFOS [sic] can be removed by the method used by the U.S. military.

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