2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 16:12:28 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] GLOBAL: Korean bases not checked
No Environmental Checks Carried Out at Former U.S. Facilities

May 26, 2010
The government failed to conduct environmental damage assessments at 113 U.S. military bases that were returned to Korea between 1990 to 2004, a Defense Ministry official admitted Wednesday.

"According to a special agreement on environmental protection under the Status of Forces Agreement in 2001, the U.S. military has no obligation to clean up environmental pollution at installations returned to Korea before 2005, and we had no authority to investigate them," the official said. "As a result, we could not conduct any environmental damage assessments on 113 U.S. bases that were returned until 2004, and to my knowledge no such assessment took place after their handover."

Altogether 191 U.S. military installations have either been returned to Korea or will be returned. Forty-six have been handed back since 2005, and 32 more are left.


For the entire article, see
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/ 2011/05/26/2011052601060.html


Lenny Siegel
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