2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 18:05:53 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, GLOBAL: TCE and PCE found at South Korea base
Excessive levels of hazardous chemicals detected in U.S. military camp

Yonhap News Agency (S. Korea)
August 5, 2011

CHILGOK, South Korea, Aug. 5 (Yonhap) -- Excessive levels of hazardous chemical compounds have been detected from groundwater inside a U.S. military base in South Korea where drums of Agent Orange are suspected to have been buried decades ago, a joint investigation team said Friday.

However, the team said no traces of the controversial burial of the defoliant were found at Camp Carroll in Chilgok, some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

The joint South Korea-U.S. team has been conducting tests of water and soil samples from the camp after some U.S. veterans claimed that they had buried drums of Agent Orange when they served there in 1978.

Releasing its test results, the team said trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE), both health-threatening solvents believed to cause cancers, were detected from some of the underground wells they dug in the camp at more than average levels of 0.03 milligrams per liter.


For the entire article, see
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/ 2011/08/05/75/0301000000AEN20110805007500315F.HTML


Lenny Siegel
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