Key documents cited in Poisoning the Pacific detailing military contamination on Okinawa are available via the following links:
“Arsenic Poisoning of Beef Cattle,” United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands, January 3, 1962.
Description: Report into deaths of cows following usage of herbicides in northern Okinawa.
“Technical Report 60: Rice Blast Epiphytology,” United States Army Biological Laboratories Fort Detrick, June 1965.
Description: Report on biological weapon tests at sites on Okinawa including Shuri, Ishikawa and Nago.
“Organizational History – 267th Chemical Company,” United States Army, March 26, 1966.
Description: Summary of Project 112 site, personnel training and shipment of chemical weapons to Okinawa.
“Overseas Storage of Chemical Agents / Munitions,” Chief of Staff, United States Army, July 22, 1969.
Description: Memorandum about Project 112 (Red Hat), storage of chemical weapons and leak at Chibana Army Ammunition Depot.
“Environmental Pollution Incident,” United States Air Force, December 1, 1987.
Description: Investigation into discovery of PCB contamination at Kadena Air Base.
“Consultative Letter, AL-CL-1992-0110, Evaluation of Water Sampling Site 4, Kadena AB, JA,” United States Air Force, August 14, 1992.
Description: Investigation into environmental impact of firefighting foam and corrosion control effluence at Kadena Air Base.
“Consultative Letter, AL-CL-1992-0118, Evaluation of Industrial Water Treatment Plant, Bldg 3448, Kadena AB, JA,” United States Air Force, September 9, 1992.
Description: Evaluation of how corrosion control effluent is treated at Kadena Air Base.
“USFJ Talking Paper on Possible Toxic Contamination at Camp Kinser, Okinawa,” United States Forces in Japan, July 30, 1993.
Description: Multi-service investigation into contamination within Camp Kinser (a.k.a. Machinato / Makiminato Service Area), including discussion of deaths of marine life, burials of hazardous waste and economic obstacles for remediation.
“Consultative Letter (CL), AL/OE-CL-1994-0183, Sampling Recommendations to Determine the Extent of Lead Contamination in Soil Surrounding the Munitions Deactivation Furnace, Bldg 46808, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan,” United States Air Force, January 16, 1995.
Description: Assessment into lead contamination near munitions deactivation furnace at Kadena Ammunition Depot.
“Consultative Letter (CL), AL/OE-1997-0006 Sand Blasting Media as a Hazardous Waste Stream,” United States Air Force, February 20, 1997.
Description: Consultative letter into disposal of heavy metal contaminated sand blasting media at Kadena Air Base.
“Site Investigation Report: Alleged PCB Site, Kadena AB, Japan,” Montgomery Watson for Department of Defense, February 1999.
Description: Investigation into contamination from outdoor storage of PCB-containing waste oils on Kadena Air Base.
“Consultative Letter, IERA-DO-BR-CL-2000-0008, Asbestos Survey of Building 703, Kadena AB, Japan,” United States Air Force, March 17, 2000.
Description: Asbestos survey of Kadena Air Base’s Building 703, a former medical center which had been used for readiness training.
“Japan: Okinawa TV Serial Report Views Alleged Use of Agent Orange on US Bases,” Central Intelligence Agency, January 12, 2012.
Description: Transcript from CIA’s Open Source Center of TV report about the usage of Agent Orange on Okinawa.
“Military Housing Inspections - Japan,” Department of Defense Inspector General, September 30, 2014.
Description: Surveys of military housing for compliance with mold, water quality, lead-based paint, asbestos, pest infestation, radon, and radiation standards.
“Department of Defense Dependent Schools Lead Assessment Project, Kadena Air Base,” United States Air Force, August 27, 2015.
Description: Survey of lead contamination in water supply for eight Department of Defense schools / facilities at Kadena Air Base.
“Certificate of Test Results, No.2015-02203-B01~04,” Okinawa Prefecture Environment Science Center for United States Marine Corps, February 18, 2016.
Description: Survey for PFOA/PFOS contamination at fire training area at MCAS Futenma.
“Japan/DET 3 KADENA AFB, JAPAN / EC18-040,” Maxxam Analytics for United States Air Force, November 10, 2017
Description: Survey for PFOA/PFOS contamination at fire training area retention basin, Kadena Air Base.
10/12/20: The Guardian interviewed author for book announcement feature; “'Poisoning the Pacific': New book details US military contamination of islands and ocean.”
11/23/20: Stars & Stripes interviewed author on book subject; “Author: Trove of US documents on toxic substances in Okinawa may help veterans’ claims.”
6/29/2021: Author Jon Mitchell was part of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan’s Book Break series on YouTube and held a special Q&A session where he discussed the chemical dumping in the Pacific and the fallout from that legacy.
10/12/2020, Dandelion Salad: The book was featured on this blog.