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Documents show U.S. military failed to disclose PFAS leakage from Futenma in 2019, 2020

  • August 29, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times
  • JMH Translation

Sunday’s Okinawa Times led with a report by Jon Mitchell, a British journalist and special correspondent to the paper, in which he wrote that the U.S. military did not disclose information about the leakage of foam extinguisher containing PFAS from the Futenma Air Station in 2019 and 2020. Mitchell reportedly learned this from U.S. Marines documents he obtained through a request based on the Freedom of Information Act. According to the paper, the documents say that 380 liters of foam extinguisher containing PFOS and PFOA flowed into a drain but did not leak outside the base in 2019, and 130 liters of foam extinguisher containing PFOA leaked outside the base through a drainage channel in 2020. According to the documents, the U.S. military did not notify the Japanese side of these incidents.

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