|2006.02.13 01:53||2006.02.13 01:53 | Green Society|
It's Your Mess, You Clean It Up!!!!
A recent poll suggests that the US should be held responsible for clean-up costs of pollution withing US military bases. Recently, Gen. LaPorte, the former commander of US Armed Forces, Korea (USFK), proposed that the US would clean up only eight kinds of pollution cases. It appears as if negotiations between the US and Korea have entered its last phase, and the US has made its final gesture regarding issues of clean-up costs. Although the Korean people have the right to know and participate in this negotiation process, the two parties have kept the public in the dark regarding negotiations.
Korean people's rights are being hampered by this veiled negotiation process which is based on insufficient information and invalid provisions (KISE). Therefore, Green Korea United conducted a public opinion poll to inform the ROK and US governments of Korean public opinion regarding base environmental issues. The poll selected over 1,000 Korean males and females nationwide who over 18 years old.
The following present key findings from the poll:
- Pollution assessments should be transparent to the public: Yes 92.7 % No 3.9% (cf) the US is against revealing the assessment
- Information pertaining to negotiations should be made public: Yes 88.7% No 6.4%
- Who should be responsible for the cost of cleaning up pollution within US military bases: the US 79.1%, Korea 4.0% Both countries 10.8%
- Korea should be responsible for the cost of cleaning up pollution: 4.0%
- Agree to raise taxes to pay for cleaning up pollution within US military bases (if Korea pays for cleaning up): Yes 22% (certainly 2.0%+with hesitation 20.0%) No 74.3% (Absolutely not 47.9%+probably not 26.4%)
- Possible Solutions to US military base pollution
a. Amending SOFA (Status-of-Forces Agreement) 59.6%
b. Korean government should strongly demand the US take responsibility for environmental pollution 25.1 %
c. Making pollution assessments transparent to the public 10.7 %