Dioxin cleanup process revealed
By Thanh Hai - The Saigon Times Daily
The U.S. experts introduce methods for dioxin treatment - Photo: Thanh Hai
DANANG – The dioxin cleanup process at Danang Airport was on Wednesday revealed by the U.S. Embassy in HCMC, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Vietnam Air Force.
The project for dioxin cleanup at Danang Airport costs a total of US$84 million, which will be covered by ODA from the U.S. and Vietnam’s reciprocal capital. Under the project, about 73,000 cubic meters of soil contaminated with dioxin will be treated to lower the dioxin content.
Joakim Parker, mission director of USAID in Vietnam, said the project applies advanced dioxin treatment technology. After being dug up, soil will be treated at 335 degrees Celsius to break the molecular link in over 95% of dioxin compounds, he demonstrated.
Vietnam and the U.S. are making efforts to improve their relationship, and this project is meaningful to both nations, he said. The project has been carried out in three years and is set for completion in late 2016.
Vietnam and the U.S. have been joining hands to deal with dioxin since 2000, said Le Huy Vinh, deputy commander of Vietnam Air Force.