June 24, 2011 10:06
Soil and underground water sources at Camp Carroll in Chilgok, North Gyeongsang Province were more seriously contaminated than previously revealed, it emerged Thursday. A joint Korea-U.S. investigation is under way after U.S. veterans said they buried Agent Orange under the military base but has so far disclosed only to the detection of small traces of the carcinogen.
But the U.S. Eighth Army revealed a 2004 report documenting the detection of carcinogenic substances and pesticides at levels 1,000 to 4,000 times larger than the environmentally acceptable limit in groundwater samples collected from the camp based on tests conducted by Samsung C&T at the time at the request of the U.S. Far East Command.
The Eighth Army gave the report to the Korean government about a month ago and says it is being used in the ongoing investigation.
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