Two leading Agent Orange specialists have weighed in on the recent discovery of 22 barrels buried on former military land in Okinawa City.1 Richard Clapp, professor emeritus at Boston University School of Public Health, and Wayne Dwernychuk, the scientist previously in charge of identifying defoliant contamination in southeast Asia, likened the levels of dioxin contamination in Okinawa City to dangerous hot-spots in Vietnam where the U.S. military had stored toxic defoliants during the 1960s and ‘70s.
Both scientists cited the risks to Okinawa residents and urged immediate clean-up of the land to limit the threat to human health. Dwernychuk also noted that the discovery of the barrels may disprove the Pentagon’s repeated denials that military defoliants were ever present on Okinawa.
The scientists’ comments came in response to the July 31 release of independent tests undertaken at the request of Okinawa City by Ehime University - one of Japan’s top institutes for dioxin testing. The study revealed that all 22 barrels found beneath the soccer pitch in Okinawa City contained traces of the herbicide, 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T), and 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), the most lethal form of dioxin. One barrel contained dioxin levels 840% the safe standard, while samples of water taken near the barrels revealed levels 280 times legal limits. Both 2,4,5-T and TCDD are two of the substances found in Agent Orange and other Vietnam War era defoliants. At least three of the barrels were labeled with markings from Dow Chemical Company - one of the primary manufacturers of Agent Orange.
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Comment: Government lies also kill, it's called "Democide" and in the 20th alone, it was responsible for more deaths than WWI and WWII combined!