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Vietnam, U.S. clinch MOU on dioxin cleanup at Bien Hoa airbase
Hoang Phong
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Vietnam, U.S. clinch MOU on dioxin cleanup at Bien Hoa airbase

Hoang Phong

The MOU signing ceremony on dioxin contamination remediation in Bien Hoa airbase area between the U.S. and Vietnam takes place in Hanoi on Tuesday - PHOTO: U.S. EMBASSY IN VIETNAM

HCMC - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on January 23 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Military Science Department under Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense to kickstart the process of dioxin contamination remediation at Bien Hoa airbase area, the largest remaining hotspot with high level of dioxin contamination in Vietnam.

The signing ceremony was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink and Deputy Minister of National Defense Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh.

The U.S. Embassy in Vietnam said in a statement sent to the Daily on January 24 that USAID will be working closely with the ministry to first design a remediation program before implementing it over the next few years.

The campaign to clean up dioxin around Bien Hoa airport is part of the two countries’ cooperation program that began in 2000 to resolve humanitarian and wartime legacies while striving to deepen their economic, cultural and security ties.

Speaking at the MOU signing ceremony in Hanoi, Kritenbrink said the cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam in the project would contribute to boosting bilateral ties. 

This is also the second time that the U.S. has teamed up with Vietnam to get involved in a dioxin cleanup campaign as USAID is joining hands with the ministry to complete a five-year project worth US$110 million to remove dioxin-contaminated soil at Danang International Airport, which started in 2012. 

According to the Vietnam Red Cross, there are up to 4.8 million Vietnamese victims directly exposed to Agent Orange and other chemicals that have been linked to cancers, birth defects and other chronic diseases before the Vietnam War ended in 1975.

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