This past May, a veteran, and two of his fellow soldiers revealed that in the late 1970’s harmful chemicals, including Agent Orange, were buried in South Korea, often on U.S. Bases. These three specifically pointed out Camp Carroll, which is still in use today.
Currently, tests are being conducted on the past site of Camp Mercer. The South Korean Defense Ministry says they are taking soil and water samples from the area, and after the tests from this initial site are finished, they will determine how to best proceed with tests at over 80 more sites. Most of these are former bases, and are no longer used by the U.S. Military.
Lt. Gen. John Johnson, the head of the Camp Carroll Task Force, has declared that if there is a health risk, it will be found, and will be fixed. On Camp Carroll, investigations are being conducted jointly between the U.S. and South Korea.
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