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U.S. military releases water contaminated with PFOS in Okinawa 

  • August 27, 2021
  • , Asahi, Mainichi
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Asahi reported on the USMC announcement on Thursday on the start of an operation to release PFOS-contaminated water from the Futenma Air Station into the local public sewage system after treating it, saying that MOFA, MOD, and the prefectural government lodged strong protests and called for the suspension of what they called a “unilateral” operation. MOFA and the prefectural government were reportedly only given a heads-up on the release in an email about 30 minutes before it began. The Japanese and U.S. governments were reportedly still discussing the plan when the USMC discharged the water. Some 64,000 liters of such water was allegedly released. 


Mainichi ran a similar story, quoting the U.S. military release as saying: “The treated water is nearly 20 times cleaner than the target level” of no more than 50 nanograms per liter of PFOS and PFOA combined in drinking or surface water as stipulated under the existing GOJ guidelines. 


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