S. Korea, U.S. collect more groundwater samples in Agent Orange probe

08:18, May 31, 2011      

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South Korea and the United States on Monday collected additional groundwater samples near a U.S. military base as part of their joint investigation into allegations that the toxic defoliant Agent Orange was buried there over three decades ago.

The joint investigation team gathered groundwater samples from six sites near Camp Carroll in Chilgok, some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, following its previous sample collection from four sites on May 27.

The groundwater samples, along with soil samples to be collected from 15 sites around Camp Carroll, will be analyzed to see if they contain harmful chemicals such as dioxin.

The investigation began after former U.S. soldiers told a U.S. television station early this month that they buried large amounts of Agent Orange in 1978 at Camp Carroll.

South Korea and the U.S. are set to begin a joint inspection inside Camp Carroll next week as soon as environmental experts from the U.S. arrive here.

Source: Xinhua
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