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Defense Ministry begins transporting contaminated water out of MCAS Futenma for incineration

  • September 29, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times wrote that the Ministry of Defense began on Monday transporting water containing PFOS and other chemicals out of the Futenma Air Station for incineration at a private facility. The paper wrote that the U.S. side has explained that following the Aug. 26 discharge of PFOS-contaminated water that the Marines had treated using their own methods into the public sewage system, about 360,000 liters of the contaminated water is still stored at the base. Although it is not clear when the transportation of the water will be complete, the ministry is reportedly planning to finish it as soon as possible. According to the paper, Ginowan Mayor Matsugawa explained the situation at a city assembly session on Tuesday. Ryukyu Shimpo ran a similar report.


In a related story, Okinawa Times wrote that in response to the detection of PFOS and other chemicals in rivers and springs near U.S. military facilities, the Okinawa Prefectural Government has decided to increase the frequency of its water quality surveys at four springs near the Futenma base from twice a year to once a month until next March. The paper wrote that the move is aimed at supporting efforts to identify sources of contamination.

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