S Korea investigates report of U.S. Army dumping of Agent Orange

16:24, May 20, 2011      

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South Korea has launched an on-site inspection to verify claims that drums of the toxic defoliant Agent Orange were buried over 30 years ago at a U.S. military facility in the southeastern part of the country, the Ministry of Environment said Friday.

The ministry said a 10-member inspection team composed of government officials and environmental experts has been dispatched to Camp Carroll in Chilgok, some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul. "Detailed investigation plans will be established after figuring out the environmental situation near the U.S. military base and the flow of underground water," said a ministry official, quoted by Seoul's Yonhap News Agency.

Reports of the dumping first appeared last week on an Arizona TV station when three U.S. Army veterans said they had been ordered to bury about 250 drums of the defoliant at Camp Carroll in 1978.

On Thursday, the ministry demanded U.S. Forces Korea to check up on the report. It also plans to raise the issue regarding the claims of the former U.S. soldiers at an environment committee under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).

Source: Xinhua
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