|From:||Nick Morgan <email@example.com>|
|Date:||24 Nov 1997 17:01:38|
|Subject:||Unknown Barrels in Philippines|
Dear Colleagues: Our friends in the Philippines are concerned that some recently discoved drums are from the U.S. DOD. Does anyone know what the barrels might be? "People's Task Force for Base Clean-up" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Search for the contents of drums with Federal Specification O-F555. _________________ Philippine Daily Inquirer November 21, 1997 CHEMICAL ODOR SWEEPS VILLAGE CLOSE TO CLARK Angeles City-- Residents of Sta. Maria Village in Barangay Balibaog here have begun evacuating their children after the stench of chemicals discharged by workers in drainages and a creek become intolerable. City Councilor Irineo Alvaro said the stench came from the content of one drum of liquid foam concentrate that was disposed of Wednesday by workers who discovered 28 drums of the chemicals and 29 pails containing still unknown chemicals. Alvaro said seven families living near an abandoned house on Priscilla Street where the cehmicals were discovered, experienced chest pain, stomachache, headache and vomiting. The stench spread some 100 meters from the abandoned house, Alvaro added. Elmer Evangelista, president of the Sta. Maria Village Homeowners Association said the house is formerly owned by an Air Force major but was bought his year by a certain Richard Tang. No one has lived in the house until Tang bought the property. But Evangelista said immediately after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991d, a trailer arrived one night with some workers unloading the containers in the house. Alvaro said renovation work in the house was about to start on Tuesday when the workers discovered the chemicals in rusting and bulging containers. Most of the drums, originally painted red and orange, were painted balack. A drum, however, bore the color of military fatigue, the prominent color of containers used to be seen inside Clark. Some containers bore "US Foam Liquid Concentrate (in accordance with Federal Specification O-F555)." Workers said a drum leaked when they tried to lift it. They discharged the leaking liquid at the drainage. Alvaro said the Metro Clark Task Force for Bases Clean-Up has asked the Deparment of Environment and Natural Resources to investigate and address the problem.
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