No Agent Orange in Okinawa Soccer Field

By David Higgins

The unearthing of the chemical drums under the Okinawa soccer field near Expressway off ramp No. 4 came as a big surprise to local residents on Okinawa. At first the newspapers such as the Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo sensationalized the subject, assuming the chemicals inside these drums contained Agent Orange which was used during the Vietnam War. The Okinawa Defense Bureau of the Ministry of Defense tested the drums unearthed and the soil from the land adjacent to the Kadena Air Base fence line.

Japanese Defense Bureau remove barrels from Okinawa Soccer Field.

The report summarized that, “there is no evidence that the drums contained Agent Orange”. The US Air Force released an English translation of the Okinawa Defense Bureau Report, which was translated by the Okinawa-based company Okinawa Translator. The report is available on Facebook and the Kadenaaf.mil website. Agent Orange is made up of two major components; the chemical compounds of 2, 4-D butyl ester and 2,4,5-T butyl ester, mixed at a 50:50 ratio. Some of the drums found contained 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D; however, it doesn’t mean Agent Orange was found as these two base ingredients are common in pesticides widely used all over the world. To create Agent Orange these two chemicals also must be mixed with other types of solvents.

As stated, to create Agent Orange the ratio should be 50:50, but what was discovered was that there was much more 2,4,5-T leading officials to believe that these were assumedly meant for herbicide. Other types of chemicals were discovered such as gasoline, fossil fuels, insecticide, DDT and polychlorinated biphenyl. The traces of dioxins found were below environmental standards, but the Mayor of Okinawa City is not taking any chances and is planning a deeper excavation to confirm there is no contamination.

Thankfully, on the US bases on Okinawa, drinking water does not come from ground water. It comes from a Japanese commercial source; therefore, all drinking water meets the US Environmental Protection Agency standards. So for now, all seems clear. The drums were deemed free of Agent Orange, and local residents can all breathe a sigh of relief.

  • Dogstar2

    Whew – what a relief that somebody, anybody, has claimed that there is no problem!

  • ts3327

    Translating an original lie into another lie doesn’t produce a truth. That FACTS remain that, 2-4-D, 2-4-5-T AND 2-3-7-8 TCDD/DIOXIN where all found at the dump site. It is the 2-3-7-8 TCDD/Dioxin that made the Vietnam War version of Agent Orange so deadly. This article further states “To create
    Agent Orange these two chemicals also must be mixed with other types of
    solvents.” followed by their statement “Other types of chemicals were
    discovered such as gasoline, fossil fuels…” Gee, aren’t those
    considered a type of solvents? For the record, it was most common to
    mix Agent Orange with diesel fuel, which IS a “fossil fuel” to properly dilute the original, full strength Agent Orange by 50% which then made the diluted mixture a more potent herbicide. In addition, the “drinking water” used during the 60’s and 70’s DID come from water wells, NOT from a EPA certified “Commercial Source”. Eliminating certain known FACTS only shows an attempt to coverup the known truths/FACTS.

  • Serega

    With so many lies since 1972 ( of the JPN and US Goverments ) about not existing nuclear weapons, not existing Agent Orange – anybody out there still believe what they say ?

    please spare us these smoke-screen news. The people living – and kids playing there near this dumpsite – should be kept in the dark. For their health and future the truth is needed more then ever !!