SEOUL, May 29 (UPI) -- A consortium of South Korean civic groups wants detailed information from the U.S. military about an alleged toxic waste dump containing Agent Orange.
The groups said they would file a petition demanding information from the U.S. military about a site inside Camp Carroll, about 200 miles southeast of Seoul, where a large amount of Agent Orange, a defoliant used in Vietnam, allegedly was dumped.
Yonhap News Agency Sunday said retired American military personnel claimed they dumped large amounts of the cancer-causing chemical there. The defoliant was contaminated by dioxin, a highly toxic substance.
The groups, including People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, criticized information the United States released about the allegations.
"The U.S. military does not appear to be providing precise information, and we're afraid people's interest in the issue may drop if things continue this way," an official at Green Korea United, another civic group, said.
U.S. Forces Korea said a 1992 study indicated a "large amount" of pesticides, herbicides and solvents were buried at Camp Carroll in 1978. USFK said the chemicals were later removed to an unknown site.
USFK said a review of records found "trace amounts" of dioxin at the site in 2004, although the findings don't "directly" mean Agent Orange was buried there.
Agent Orange is suspected of causing cancer, genetic damage, and birth defects.