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U.S. military tests new foam extinguisher at Kadena

According to Sunday’s Okinawa Times, at Kadena AB on Friday the U.S. military performed a safety test of a firefighting system involving a new type of foam that does not contain toxic agents such as PFOS or PFOA. The Kadena authorities reportedly told the Okinawa Defense Bureau that the drains were closed on the installation during the test since the new product could still “pose a risk to waterborne life.” The authorities also allegedly erected barriers to safely collect and dispose of the used foam. While prefectural government officials reportedly went to an off-base location near the hangar where the test was conducted, they could not observe the test because the hangar doors were closed. 

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