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Restricting discharge of treated water from U.S. bases difficult due to lack of clear regulations

  • August 29, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times
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Sunday’s Okinawa Times reported on the U.S. military’s release into the local public sewage system on Thursday of contaminated water it had stored in underground tanks at the Futenma Air Station after treating it. The paper wrote that although the U.S. military explained that it had treated the water to meet Japan’s safety standards by using equipment brought in from the U.S. mainland, the city government of Ginowan, which controls the public sewage system, said that it could not approve of the discharge. The paper wrote that it is difficult for the local authorities to restrict the release of treated water from a U.S. military facility because there are no clear regulations on the matter under existing laws.



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