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Dioxin cleanup at Danang Airport reaches completion
By Thuy Dung and Ha Linh
Wednesday,  Nov 7, 2018,18:38 (GMT+7)

Dioxin cleanup at Danang Airport reaches completion

By Thuy Dung and Ha Linh

The United States and Vietnam have teamed up to successfully treat over 90,000 cubic meters of soil and sediment contaminated with dioxin at Danang International Airport – PHOTO: HA LINH

DANANG – A six-year Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contamination at Danang International Airport project, which cost a total of US$110 million and was jointly executed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense, has reached completion.

In particular, the United States and Vietnam signed an agreement today, November 7, to hand over 13.7 hectares of remediated land at the airport to the control of the Ministry of Transportation, marking the completion of the project in the central coastal city of Danang, one of the dioxin hotspots in Vietnam.

Launched in August 2012, the project marks an important milestone in the bilateral relationship between the two governments and will result in a cleaner, safer environment for the local residents.

It has reaped positive results, as over 90,000 cubic meters of soil and sediment contaminated with dioxin was successfully treated at Danang International Airport to date to prepare for the airport’s upcoming expansion. Further, an additional 50,000 cubic meters of contaminated soil with a low concentration of dioxin was safely isolated.

Thus, the dioxin cleanup has raised the total amount of treated land to 32.4 hectares, paving the way for the airport expansion plan and regional socioeconomic growth.

Addressing the hand-over ceremony, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink noted that the United States had pledged to continue working with Vietnam and the Ministry of National Defense to resolve war legacies while strengthening the economic, cultural and security ties between the two nations. He added that the two parties would introduce a similar project at another dioxin hotspot at Bien Hoa Airbase.

The Bien Hoa Airbase area is the largest remaining hotspot of dioxin contamination in Vietnam. On May 11, USAID signed a grant with Vietnam's Air Defense-Air Force Command for a total of US$183 million, paid toward remediation activities during an initial five-year period.

The two countries have joined hands since 2000 to resolve humanitarian and wartime legacy issues, including the removal of unexploded ordinance, the identification of the remains of missing personnel and the remediation of dioxin.

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