2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 11:54:26 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HERBICIDES, GLOBAL: NY Times coverage of South Korea
[I've been featuring a number of articles about the U.S. military's toxic legacy in South Korea for two reasons: 1) Because the South Korean press has been covering it extensively (much more than I have relayed); and 2) As this article suggests, it could have serious "repercussions for the alliance between South Korea and the United States.." - LS]

Traces of Dioxin Found Near U.S. Base in South Korea

New York Times
June 16, 2011

SEOUL, South Korea - Trace amounts of dioxin have been found in water samples taken near an American Army base in South Korea, according to a joint investigation into alleged chemical dumping that analysts said could have repercussions for the alliance between South Korea and the United States.

The discovery of the dioxin near Camp Carroll, in southeastern South Korea, was part of an initial report on water and soil tests being conducted by both countries.

The dioxin was found in three streams near Camp Carroll, investigators said, and all the samples were well within safe drinking standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Tests of three other streams and 10 wells were negative for dioxin.

Dioxin, a component of the powerful defoliant Agent Orange, has been linked to an array of diseases, including cancer, heart conditions and birth defects. Agent Orange was widely used during the Vietnam War to expose the hiding places of enemy soldiers in jungles, swamps and forests.


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