D.O.D reaffirms stance on Agent Orange

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Adelup says they could possibly open up the investigation to more than just the originally targeted D.O.D sites as the investigation continues.

Guam – Meantime, local navy officials say they already test water on Guam for Agent Orange. Thus, Navy officials say they have not seen any evidence of the cancer-causing herbicide.

 

In a statement to PNC, Joint Region Public Affairs Officer Lt. Tim Gorman is reaffirming the department of defense’s stance that there is no evidence that agent orange was ever used on Guam. The statement reads “we regularly test drinking water on all military installation for traces of dioxins and we have not seen any evidence of agent orange.” Gorman did say, however, “we will work with the Guam Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to further investigate these claims.” Earlier this week, both Gov. Calvo and Congresswoman Bordallo asked for clarification from D.O.D. on these seemingly confusing statements.

“They’ve said that before they would help veterans who have been exposed to agent orange and similar substances you know and those folks have said that they were exposed to it here on Guam. So it’s good that you’re going to help the veterans but they’re saying that on the one hand and on the other hand they are saying but we never had Agent Orange on Guam. So there have been a couple, at least a couple of conflicting statements that the governor would like to clarified because before you can really move forward and say this is what the problem is and this is how we are going to fix it, you have to really identify the root,” says Ngrairikl.

Meanwhile, Adelup says they could possibly open up the investigation to more than just the originally targeted D.O.D sites as the investigation continues.

“Certainly that if there’s a possibility of a specific site where it may have been either used but mind you we are also looking at  areas where it could have been stored so we have a number of locations in mind because, as you said, you can’t be too careful,” says Ngrairikl.

Gorman tells PNC that they are still working on coordinating with Guam EPA to begin testing specific areas of the island.