2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 05:47:26 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, HEALTH, GLOBAL: Leukemia near Camp Carroll (S. Korea)
[The contaminants of primary concern at Camp Carroll may turn out to be chlorinated solvents, not Agent Orange. - LS]

Leukemia Strikes Near Contaminated U.S. Base

Chosunilbo (South Korea)
August 17, 2011
Two teenagers who live near a U.S. military base in Korea are suffering from leukemia and two other locals died of the disease in their 20s about 10 years ago, a member of a civilian fact-finding team said on Tuesday.

Some U.S. veterans recently revealed that the U.S. Forces Korea base of Camp Carroll in Chilgok, North Gyeongsang Province was one of the sites used as a dump for hazardous and toxic materials, including the lethal defoliant Agent Orange between 1977 and 1982.

The government plans to investigate whether contaminated groundwater from the camp caused the disease.

A member of the team who conducted health tests on residents near Camp Carroll said, "The groundwater that locals have long been drinking is contaminated with leukemia-causing chemicals such as tetrachloroethylene [also known as perchloroethene or PCE] and trichloroethylene or TCE. We need to investigate if they contracted leukemia due to the chemicals from the U.S. base."


For the entire article, see
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/ 2011/08/17/2011081701175.html


Lenny Siegel
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