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Ginowan mayor, GOJ officials discuss U.S. military’s release of treated water

  • September 3, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times wrote that at a meeting on Thursday with officials of the Defense Ministry and the Environment Ministry, Ginowan Mayor Matsugawa called on the GOJ to provide a detailed explanation of the U.S. Marines’ recent release of water containing PFOS from the Futenma Air Station to the local sewage system after treating it. The paper wrote that the mayor told reporters afterward that although the U.S. military told the city government that it released the water because it was concerned that the tank storing the contaminated water at the base would overflow if it rained heavily, the GOJ officials did not seem to have a clear understanding of the U.S. concern. The mayor reportedly said the U.S. military should incinerate the contaminated water that remains at the base as a regular procedure. The GOJ officials reportedly told the mayor that the central government will urge the U.S. military not to discharge any more water and that Tokyo will hold discussions with the U.S. side on appropriate steps. According to the paper, the GOJ officials also told the mayor that they cannot say the discharged water was safe and said that it is necessary to establish regulations for the release of such water. Ryukyu Shimpo ran a similar report, adding that the GOJ officials apologized for causing anxiety among local citizens.

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