More than six months after dozens of rusty chemical barrels were
unearthed from former U.S. military land in Okinawa City, their contents
have been identified – and they appear to offer conclusive proof that
the toxic Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange was buried on the island.
Announced in early July, the results of two separate studies – one
conducted by Okinawa City and one by the Okinawa Defense Bureau – both
detected the three signature components of Agent Orange: the herbicides
2,4,5-T and 2,4-D as well as highly-toxic TCDD dioxin.This is the first
time that all three ingredients have been discovered on ex-Pentagon
property on Okinawa.
About half of the 61 barrels also bore markings from the Dow Chemical
Company – one of the largest manufacturers of Agent Orange for the U.S.
Commenting on the results, defoliant expert, Wayne Dwernychuk,
stated, “The presence of 2,4,5-T, that portion of Agent Orange
containing TCDD and 2,4-D, the other half of the Agent Orange mixture,
unequivocally defines at least some of the media sampled as being
contaminated with this defoliant. Dow Chemical markers on the drums
further contribute to this conclusion that the original contents of some
of these drums was Agent Orange.”
Likewise, Honda Katsuhisa, an Ehime University professor specializing
in defoliants and dioxins, asserted that the results proved without
doubt that defoliants had been buried at the dumpsite.
The Pentagon denies that Agent Orange was ever present on Okinawa
despite testimony from more than 250 U.S. veterans who claim they were
sickened by the defoliant on the island during the Vietnam War era. A
1971 U.S. government report on Agent Orange cites the presence of a
herbicide stockpile at Kadena; the site where the 61 barrels were buried
was part of Kadena Air Base, one of the Pentagon’s primary transport
hubs for the Vietnam War, until restored to civilian usage in 1987.
According to the data released by Okinawa City, all 61 barrels
contained traces of dioxin and standing water near the barrels showed
dioxin at levels 64 times the environmental standard. However dioxin
readings from the soil were below maximum permitted limits and there was
no evidence of contamination of the water table.
Twenty of the barrels also contained traces of toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
This article also appeared in the Asia-Pacific Journal
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