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High level of toxic chemicals found in wastewater from U.S. military facility in Okinawa 

  • December 4, 2021
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Saturday’s Mainichi wrote that it has learned from a source connected with the Okinawa Prefectural Government that wastewater containing toxic chemicals leaked from a water tank at a U.S. Army oil storage facility in Uruma, Okinawa, on June 10 and an extraordinarily high level of PFAS was detected in samples of the water. The amount of PFAS was almost 1,600 times higher than the permissible level set by the Japanese government. According to the prefectural government, although the U.S. military, the prefectural government, and the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa bureau collected and analyzed the samples and agreed to jointly publicize the results of the analysis, they have not yet announced them. Okinawa Governor Tamaki issued a statement saying the prefectural government cannot announce the results of its analysis because the U.S. military has not yet agreed to do so. However, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno told reporters that arrangements are being made to announce the results and that the GOJ is not withholding the announcement out of consideration for the U.S. side.  

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