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Ginowan legislature protests release of toxic water from Futenma base

  • September 9, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times wrote that on Wednesday the Ginowan municipal assembly adopted a unanimous motion in protest of the U.S. military’s Aug. 26 discharge into the local sewage system of water contaminated with PFOS and other harmful substances after treating it. The legislature reportedly voiced “strong resentment” against what it called the “unilateral release,” urging the Futenma base authorities not to do it again and instead incinerate contaminated water and use foam extinguisher that does not contain PFAS-related agents. While the U.S. side has insisted on the safety of the released water, the resolution stressed that this cannot be verified and that even if the water had been treated properly, “concerns would have remained about damage caused by bad publicity.” Assembly representatives plan to visit  the U.S. Consulate General in Naha today to deliver the motion in person.

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