FEDS TO TEST SAIPAN FOR AGENT ORANGE CONTAMINATION

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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (April 26, 2000 - Hawaii Public Radio)---The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will check whether groundwater in the Northern Marianas is contaminated with Agent Orange.

The sampling work will focus on wells located within a golf course in northern Saipan, the main island of the U.S. commonwealth.

The sampling will be done by the EPA and the territory’s environmental quality division.

Agent Orange was a defoliant sprayed by American planes during the Vietnam War to destroy jungles, expose enemy bases and ruin crops needed to feed enemy troops.

Containers of Agent Orange were buried on the island and the federal government wants to determine whether the chemical has migrated into the groundwater.

The Northern Mariana Islands are about 3,700 miles southwest of Hawai‘i.

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