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UPDATE: Additional Soil Sampling Conducted at Andersen Air Force Base

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UPDATE: Additional Soil Sampling Conducted at Andersen Air Force Base

Danielle Coulombe, environmental scientist with Navy-contractor AECOM, weighs a soil sample on Andersen Air Force Base in Yigo, Dec. 4. Consistent with the resampling effort, soil samples will be sent to an independent off-island laboratory and tested for Agent Orange
constituents. (U.S. Navy Photo)
Danielle Coulombe, environmental scientist with Navy-contractor AECOM, scoops a soil sample into a plastic bag on Andersen Air Force Base in Yigo on Dec. 4. Consistent with the resampling effort, soil samples will be sent to an independent off-island laboratory and tested for Agent Orange constituents. (U.S. Navy Photo)
Scott Lewis, back to camera, quality assurance manager for Navy-contractor AECOM, briefs Department of Defense and government of Guam officials on the collection and testing of soil samples for Agent Orange constituents on Andersen Air Force Base in Yigo on Dec. 4. In the photo are from left, Joe Vinch, environmental restoration manager of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas; 1st Lt. James Hammons, acting chief of environmental flight, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron; Gregg Ikehara, restoration manager at Andersen AFB for NAVFAC Marianas; and Mike Cruz, environmental health specialist with Guam Environmental Protection Agency. (U.S. Navy Photo)

December 12, 2018 (Tiyan, Guam) – Guam Federal and local environmental officials conducted soil resampling on Andersen Air Force Base, Dec. 4, to determine whether traces of Agent Orange constituents are present in sampling areas previously determined by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency.

Based on inconclusive results in April 2018 from two independent laboratories, and the subsequent data validation report, officials from Guam EPA, US EPA and Joint Region Marianas, agreed to order this additional soil sampling and analysis.

The collaborative peer working group, which is overseeing the management and execution of the Agent Orange Study on Guam, anticipate a 60 to 90 day timeframe for the laboratory analysis to be completed and results available.

For more information about this release, please contact Guam EPA Acting Deputy Administrator Nic Rupley Lee at 300-4753 or nic.rupley@epa.guam.gov