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S. Korea- U.S. joint investigation finds no evidence of Agent Orange at Camp Carroll

12-29-2011 16:56 BJT

SEOUL, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- A joint investigation between South Korea and the United States has found no evidence that Agent Orange was buried at a U.S. military base in southeastern South Korea more than three decades ago as claimed by some U.S. veterans, the joint investigation team announced Thursday.

Agent Orange is a toxic chemical that was widely used on trees and plants during wars to remove all foliage. The cancer-causing chemical has been sprayed in the 1960s around the Demilitarized Zone, according to local media reports.

After having conducted soil and water tests at Camp Carroll in Chilgok, about 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, the investigation team has found "no definitive evidence that confirms the burial of Agent Orange at Camp Carroll at any time in the past, " a press release from the joint investigation team stated.

The investigation began after three former U.S. soldiers claimed in May this year that they helped bury hundreds of barrels of the toxic defoliant at Camp Carroll in 1978.

In September, the joint investigation team detected trace amounts of 2,4,5-T, a key component of Agent Orange, from one groundwater well on Camp Carroll, but neither South Korea nor the U.S. found the chemical during retesting, according to the press release.

The investigation team also confirmed that Agent Orange was not buried in Area D, where the burial allegedly took place. " Interviews with 172 former Camp Carroll employees, as well as document research from 32 organizations, revealed that herbicides, pesticides, solvents and other chemicals - not Agent Orange - was buried in Area D and later excavated and shipped to the U.S.," the press release stated.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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