You know it is election season when the Korean left has pull out this issue once again about the big, bad US-ROK SOFA:
Underground water near the U.S. military’s Camp Kim in Seoul has been found to be contaminated with harmful components of crude oil, data from the Seoul city government showed Tuesday.
Samples of ground water gathered from March-November 2011 from outer regions of Camp Kim, located adjacent to Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, had total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) levels as high as 1,436.8 milligram per liter, about 958 times the allowable level of 1.5 ㎎/ℓ, according to the Seoul city data, obtained by Democratic United Party lawmaker Jang Ha-na.
Harmful chemicals in THP include hexane and benzene as well as other constituents of gasoline and other petroleum products.
In addition to the highest TPH level detected, the samples also showed TPH levels ranging from 328.5 ㎎/ℓ to 507.6 ㎎/ℓ, the data said.
The samples show TPH levels far exceeding the allowable level for purification, the city report said. “Contaminated underground water (samples) tended to be located near where Camp Kim’s underground oil tanks used to be in the past,” it said.
“Under the current version of the Status of Forces Agreement (with the U.S.), it’s hard to launch even a basic contamination survey or to gain access to related information in the case of a pollution case being detected in a U.S. military camp unless the U.S. military volunteers to cooperate,” the lawmaker said. [Yonhap]
This issue is not something new and is over 10 years old, but the Korean left likes to pull it out of their playbook when politically expedient. You can read more about this issue at this prior ROK Drop posting.