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Okinawa governor sees need to identify source of PFAS contamination in tap water in Kin Town

  • October 5, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that in response to the detection in June 2020 of PFAS above the GOJ’s provisional standard of 50 nanograms per liter in tap water in the town of Kin, which hosts Camp Hansen, Okinawa Governor Tamaki told reporters on Monday that it is necessary for the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa bureau to investigate with the cooperation of the U.S. military whether the contamination is related to the base. The paper wrote that chemicals exceeding the GOJ standard have also been detected in waterways and underground water in the town. Okinawa Times quoted the governor as saying that it is important that the defense bureau, the governments of Okinawa Prefecture and Kin Town, and the U.S. military investigate the source of the contamination and inform local citizens of the results.

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