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Toxic Chemicals 1,170 Times Safety Limit Detected in Groundwater Near Yongsan Garrison

Toxic Chemicals 1,170 Times Safety Limit Detected in Groundwater Near Yongsan Garrison

SEOUL, Dec. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Benzene, at levels 1,170 times the government-set safety limit, has been detected among other toxic chemicals in groundwater near Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, the former site of the headquarters of the U.S. Forces (USFK) in Korea, Seoul metropolitan government said Friday. The government said the levels of toxins above [...]

U.S. Troops Conduct Copter Landing Operation on Dokdo Ship

U.S. Troops Conduct Copter Landing Operation on Dokdo Ship

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Korea Bizwire) – U.S. troops here conducted a helicopter landing exercise on the South Korean Navy’s Dokdo amphibious assault ship. The training was staged in the waters south of the peninsula on Tuesday, involving the 14,500-ton vessel and aviators from 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division of the U.S.Forces Korea (USFK), according to the unit’s Facebook account. Several related photos [...]

S. Korea, U.S. Agree to Make Public Non-confidential Info Related to USFK

S. Korea, U.S. Agree to Make Public Non-confidential Info Related to USFK

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — In a major step to enhance transparency in American forces stationed here, South Korea and the United States agreed on Tuesday to make public any non-confidential information they have in relation to the United States Forces Korea. “The Joint Committee discussed cooperative efforts to further enhance transparency of SOFA-related [...]

‘Mini Itaewon’ in Pyeongtaek Embraces GIs, Koreans

‘Mini Itaewon’ in Pyeongtaek Embraces GIs, Koreans

PYEONGTAEK, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – Call it Song Francisco or Gyeonggi Province’s Itaewon. If you are fed up with hanging around Itaewon in Seoul, it can be an alternative as it’s handy for those living in the capital. Far smaller and calmer than the ever-bustling Itaewon district, but rustic and filled with exotic charm, [...]

Long-Delayed USFK Relocation Speeds Up With 8th Army’s Transition

Long-Delayed USFK Relocation Speeds Up With 8th Army’s Transition

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Gyeonggi Province, July 11 (Yonhap) – Nestled in the seaport city of Pyeongtaek, Camp Humphreys symbolizes American troops’ landmark transition not just in its decades-long presence on the peninsula but also in efforts to become nimbler and more reliant on high-tech combat systems. After a decade of delay, the expansion of the compound [...]

Seongju Residents Seek Injunction against THAAD Deployment

Seongju Residents Seek Injunction against THAAD Deployment

SEONGJU, May 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Hundreds of residents near the deployment site of a U.S. missile defense system here filed a petition with the Constitutional Court on Monday to obtain an injunction against its construction and operation. A total of 527 residents from Seongju County and neighboring Gimcheon, about 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, [...]