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PFAS detected in tap water in Kin Town

  • March 4, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo gave top play to the finding on Thursday that 59 nanograms/liter of PFAS was detected in tap water in a water quality survey carried out by Kin Town in February. The paper said this was the second time for PFAS in excess of the government standard of 50 nanograms/liter to be detected in tap water from a certain water treatment plant after 70 nanograms/liter of PFAS was detected in tap water from there in June 2020. The paper said that although Okinawa Prefecture and Kin Town are requesting the U.S. military via the Japanese government accept an on-site inspection at Camp Hansen because the base may be the origin of the water contamination, their request has not been met. In addition, the daily said the same survey found that 180 nanograms/liter of PFAS was detected in two underground water reserves within the Kin district. As a result, the town stopped taking water from one of them. Okinawa Times carried a similar report in its society news section.

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