U.S. ARMY ENGINEERS CHECKING ABANDONED MILITARY DUMPS IN MARIANAS

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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (June 15, 2000 – Hawai‘i Public Radio)---A team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will head to Saipan soon to assess the conditions of several abandoned military dumps dating back to World War II.

The engineers will be on the island by the end of this month to inspect dumpsites at Upper Tanapag, San Roque and Marpi.

At least one territorial lawmaker is concerned that the dumpsites may contain toxic chemicals.

Legislator Dino Jones said World War II material already has been located at the three dumpsites. At Upper Tanapag, he said, tons of debris from military equipment have been found.

The Federal government also has been investigating possible PCB contamination in Tanapag.

Those carcinogenic chemicals were part of an Army missile program in the 1950s.

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