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U.S. Apologizes for Dumping Chemical

July 25, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

The U.S. military issued a public apology for dumping formaldehyde into the Han River, a main source of drinking water for Seoul's 12 million people. It was the first public apology issued by the U.S. military in South Korea since its deployment here in the Korean War. Earlier this month, the military admitted releasing 20 gallons of formaldehyde into the Han River in February. The U.S. military command said it believes that the formaldehyde caused no harm to public health since it was treated in the sewage system.

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