|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||22 Jul 2006 23:52:32 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Governing party questions South Korea base cleanup accord|
[Note: The $420 billion estimate in this article is off the scale. It's
roughly ten times the entire Installation Restoration Program lifetime
cost for domestic U.S. bases. - Lenny]|
By Jung Sung-ki Korea Times July 21, 2006
The governing Uri Party plans to conduct an Assembly investigation into negotiations between Seoul and Washington over the sharing of environmental cleanup costs for U.S. bases to be returned to South Korea, party officials said Friday.
The decision came as South Korea last week accepted 15 U.S. military facilities where the U.S. military had pulled out underground fuel storage tanks and removed groundwater fuel contamination after 18 months of disagreements about the base return process.
Under the land swap pact struck in 2004, the United States Forces Korea is required to hand over 59 bases to the South Korean government.
But some lawmakers and civic groups denounced the agreement by which South Korea has to cover most of the costs for decontaminating soil estimated at $420 billion.
For the entire article, see http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/nation/200607/kt2006072118191511970.htm
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