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Groups want transparency in probe
Religious, civil groups want independent expert included in inquiry into alleged dumpingBenedictine friars protesting against alleged dumped defoliant (photo courtesy of Korean Federation for Environmental Movement of Daegu)
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- June 9, 2011
Some 60 people including local residents, environmental activists and several Benedictine monks from a nearby abbey made the demands at a press conference on June 7 outside the Camp Carroll base in Waegwan, 216 kilometers southeast of Seoul.
They demanded the South Korean government and the US military reveal their findings so far and allow an independent expert to be part of the investigation.
The protesters also expressed concern about and doubted the credibility of a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) investigation jointly carried out on June 2 by the US and South Korean governments.
Benedictine Father Isaac Koh Jin-seok from Waegwan Abbey said the GPR method is not reliable, especially in salty or muddy soil.
He suggested digging deeper to get soil samples to check for contamination.
Christians demand toxic chemical probe