The eight-member inspection team made up of government officials and experts was sent to the former site of Camp Mercer Wednesday morning. The area now houses a South Korean corps of engineers.
An official at the Defense Ministry says the inspection team will look into the layout of buildings when a U.S. engineer battalion was stationed in the area until 1992. The inspectors will also survey sites where a large amount of chemicals were allegedly dumped during the stationing of U.S. forces.
The inspection team is also planning to interview former South Korean noncommissioned officers and civilian employees of the U.S. military unit.
The government will conduct a detailed investigation into possible soil pollution at the U.S. base in accordance with the Defense Ministry’s guidelines and a law on the preservation of land and environment.