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U.S. army releases additional environmental reports to S. Korean experts investigating Agent Orange claims

(Xinhua)

18:21, November 23, 2011

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. military here said Wednesday it released additional reports to South Korean scientific experts on a joint investigation team that has been looking into allegations that Agent Orange was buried at a U.S. military base more than three decades ago.

"To ensure continued transparency in its on-going joint investigation into claims that Agent Orange was buried at Camp Carroll, Eighth Army released additional reports to the Korean scientific members of the Joint Investigation Team this week," the 8th Army said in a statement.

The joint investigation team of South Korea and the United States has studied soil and groundwater samples from Camp Carroll in Chilgok, about 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

The investigation was launched after a U.S. veteran claimed in May that he and others buried dozens of drums containing Agent Orange at Camp Carroll in 1978.

The newly released reports, titled the July 2011 Environmental Site Investigations, confirmed "contaminants in soil and groundwater that were already detected in earlier tests," according to the statement.

The investigation team found a modest amount of 2,4,5-T, a key component of Agent Orange, from a ground well on Camp Carroll. The detected level, however, reached only one-fiftieth of what the World Health Organization permits for drinkable water.

The 8th Army said in the statement that no evidence of Agent Orange, or health or safety concerns associated with the highly toxic defoliant, have been discovered on Camp Carroll.

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