A draft report for Agent Orange sampling and analysis conducted in November 2018 is still being finalized by the Region 9 division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to Nick Lee, Guam Environmental Protection Agency spokesman.
Once this is completed, GEPA will review and either revise or release to the public, Lee added.
GEPA and USEPA collected samples from five sample subsites in areas that were believed to have been exposed to Agent Orange, according to a November 2018 news release.
"An area off of NCS road, along Route 3 and in the vicinity of Potts Junction and a pipe line tie-in located in Tiyan were among the first areas to be sampled. USEPA’s on-scene coordinator, Harry L. Allen, and USEPA Superfund Technical Assistance and Response Team contractors from Weston Solutions Inc. performed the sampling," the release stated.
A U.S. Government Accountability Office report around the same time concluded that there was no proof of Agent Orange on Guam, but its components were used on island.
Agent Orange has been a topic of concern on Guam for years, both to local residents and the veterans who served on island during the Vietnam War, when the toxic herbicide was utilized.
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie recently toured Guam and spoke to local veterans.
Wilkie also happens to be the subject of a lawsuit over the VA's refusal to grant presumptive herbicide exposure status to "Blue Water Navy" veterans, who served in the bays, harbors and territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam.