Several U.S. veterans are claiming they were forced to dump hundreds of gallons of Agent Orange into a trench in Camp Carroll, South Korea, in 1978; however, according to a joint U.S.-South Korean team of investigators, there is no Agent Orange in Camp Carroll, as was recently reported in an article on Defense.gov.
The investigation into the veterans’ claims of dumping Agent Orange into the trench lasted 8 months. Not only was no Agent Orange discovered during the extensive investigation, researchers also found there was no existing health risk to the public on the U.S. Army post. Overall, the investigators interviewed more than 170 former civilian employees from Korea and U.S soldiers. The task required the involvement of more than 30 distinct government agencies.
Based on a document assessment, 380 barrels of Agent Orange were imported to South Korea in 1968, which were also deployed by the Republic of Korea Amy that same year.
Additionally, the investigative team performed a survey of the geological landscape. Utilizing “ground-penetrating radar, electrical resistivity and magnetometers,” the researchers were able to get a fairly in-depth reading of the water and soil surrounding the region where the Agent Orange was supposedly buried and found no trace of the toxin to pose any hazardous health concern.
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