Okinawa Conducts On-Site Probe over Spillage at U.S. Base


Ginowan, Okinawa Pref., April 22 (Jiji Press)--Local governments in Okinawa Prefecture have conducted an on-site investigation over a toxic material spillage at the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air base in Ginowan in the southernmost Japan prefecture.

The probe, also involving central government officials, was conducted Tuesday based on the Japan-U.S. agreement on environmental stewardship supplementary to the bilateral status of forces pact, which governs the U.S. military presence in Japan.

Participants collected water samples from a drainage in order to check the concentrations of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, a toxic substance known as PFOS, that was contained in the 227,100 liters of fire-extinguishing foam spilled from a facility at the base April 10.

Ten people participated in the probe, including a senior prefectural government official, Ginowan Mayor Masanori Matsugawa and officials of the defense, foreign and environment ministries.

Soil samples were not collected despite the prefectural government's request.

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