The testing will continue for evidence of Agent Orange use on Guam during the Vietnam War era.
The recently released results of soil tests found traces of one of the two chemical components used in Agent Orange.
Guam Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Nic Lee explains that Agent Orange is made up of two different chemical components and only one of them was found during the soil tests. Moreover, the traces that were found were at non-toxic levels.
“We can’t definitively say that it is Agent Orange. What we can say is that we found trace amounts at non-toxic levels of 2 types of chlorinated herbicides, 2,4-D and 2-4-5-T which is used to make Agent Orange,” Lee said.
But he added that this was not necessarily proof that it was Agent Orange.
Lee says the case is not closed and Guam EPA will work with the Department of Defense on access rights so that they can continue testing for Agent Orange and its components.