The city’s on-post soil analysis of Yongsan Garrison did not show contamination above safe levels. This may be an indication that the off-post soil contamination may not be from the base as claimed. However, the results are not going to matter to South Korean leftists who have been using this issue to create tension in the US-ROK alliance:
The result of Seoul City’s probe into soil and groundwater in areas near a US military base in central Seoul over alleged oil leaks came out Tuesday, showing below average levels of contamination in the samples from six of nine sites around the military base in Yongsan.
In August, the Seoul city government conducted its own survey on soil and water near the US base for possible contamination with toxic chemicals, amid growing calls for the disclosure of pollution levels in the area.
According to the analysis of samples released Tuesday, all six areas had soil and water contamination below average levels, based on the Soil Environment Conservation Act here.
However, two spots, the main post and the transportation office, will be reinvestigated next month, the city said, as samples from there were close to the average level.
Officials said that levels of total petroleum hydrocarbon detected from these sites were close to exceeding the standard level of 500 milligrams per kilogram. The detected amount was 471 milligrams per kilogram.
“Although there were no significant traces of contamination found from the probe this time, we are still concerned about areas where contamination levels were close to the standard, while the source of the pollutants near the US military base remains unknown,” said Kwon Ki-wook, chief of the city’s water circulation safety bureau. [Korea Herald via reader tip]
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