Just days after the commander of U.S. Kadena Air Base, near the city
of Okinawa, promised parents their children’s schools were safe from
dioxin contamination, a further 50 chemical barrels have been unearthed
from adjacent land and a retired U.S. Air Force major has come forward
with claims the school grounds are located near a former dump-and-burn
site for waste that included military defoliants.
In addition, a growing number of parents affiliated with the base
believe their children’s serious illnesses may have been caused by
Last Tuesday, at a hastily convened meeting, 18th Wing Commander
Brig. Gen. James Hecker admitted to parents that he ought to have
informed them of the contamination next to the playing fields of Bob
Hope Primary School and Amelia Earhart Intermediate School as soon as he
learned of the problem last summer.
However, he reassured his audience of about 100 U.S. service members
and their dependents that there were no indications the base itself was
polluted and stated his staff were doing all they could to protect
children from any harm.
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