13 Oct 2020

Poisoning the Pacific:Jon Mitchell on US military contamination

From First Up, 5:46 am on 13 October 2020

Since the Second World War US military operations have been contaminating the Pacific with toxic substances, including chemical weapons and radioactive material. It's estimated that hundreds of thousands of people, including service members and the indigenous people of the Pacific, have been exposed, with many suffering serious health effects. Jon Mitchell is an investigative journalist living in Japan and he's been covering the issue for a decade. His book - Poisoning the Pacific, features over 12-thousand previously-unseen documents and interviews with military whistleblowers and survivors. He told our producer Matthew Theunissen the contamination of the Pacific by the US military continues to affect people today.