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April, 22 2014 09:12:00

VN, US review AO recovery efforts

The Viet Nam–US Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin convened a second roundtable conference in the southern Dong Nai Province yesterday.

DONG NAI (VNS)— The Viet Nam–US Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin convened a second roundtable conference in the southern Dong Nai Province yesterday to review recovery efforts following Agent Orange (AO) exposure.

The toxic chemical, AO, was sprayed by the US troops during the Viet Nam war.

Head of the group, Ha Huy Thong, briefed the US guests on Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's recent plan of action, which will serve as a blueprint for action between now and the year 2020, for effectively dealing with the consequences of AO exposure.

He also hailed the US government for coordinating with Viet Nam in this endeavour, citing its four-year Da Nang airport dioxin clean-up project as an exemplar.

The first stage of the project will conclude this year.

The Ministry of National Defence and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a US$43 million project in August to clean up an estimated 67,000 cubic metres of contaminated soils and sediments at Da Nang Airport area by 2016. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran le Lam

Director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Environment and Social Development Office, Kyung Choe, said that a plan for conducting an environmental assessment in a location around the Bien Hoa airport was now underway.

Between the period 1962 and 1971, 20 million gallons of defoliants were sprayed over several US airports and military bases across southern Viet Nam, destroying 5 million acres of forests and 500,000 acres of vegetation. At least 4.5 million Vietnamese were exposed to AO and other toxic herbicides. — VNS
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