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US bases reported leaking toxic wastes nationwide

Billions of gallons of poisonous chemicals are leaking from toxic waste dumps at hundreds of US military bases and contaminating water in almost every state in the nation, the Sacramento Bee reported Sunday. This year, for the first time , military sites will be added to the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund list of the most troublesome toxic waste sites, it said.

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The military has begun a three-part program to assess and correct the problem at 452 domestic facilities, but no similar effort is under way at 335 overseas installations, according to the newspaper. The cleanup cost will be ''several billion dollars'' and may take nearly 20 years.