New allegations about chemical dumping by U.S. military in S. Korea emerge

07:59, May 25, 2011      

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New allegations of chemical dumping by the U.S. military in South Korea emerged on Tuesday, amid an ongoing investigation into alleged burial of the toxic defoliant Agent Orange over 30 years ago at a U.S. military base in the country, local media reported.

Ray Bows, a U.S. Army veteran, claimed in his message posted on a Website named "Korean War Project" that the U.S. military buried "hundreds of gallons" of chemical materials at Camp Mercer in Bucheon, near the country's capital Seoul, between 1963 and 1964, Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported.

Yonhap said Bows did not provide details about types of the buried chemical materials. He also did not say whether Agent Orange was included in the chemicals. South Korea and the United States have launched a joint investigation into the claims made by three U.S. Army veterans that massive amounts of Agent Orange were dumped in 1978 at Camp Carroll in Chilgok, some 300 km southeast of Seoul.

On Monday, the U.S. Eighth Army in South Korea said in a press release that a 1992 Army Corps of Engineers environmental assessment found that a "large number of drums containing chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and solvents" were buried at the base. The study, however, did not say if Agent Orange was among those chemicals, it said.

The study added that the chemicals and between 40 and 60 tons of soil were removed in 1979 and 1980 and disposed of offsite.

Source: Xinhua
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