Funding for dioxin removal project doubled
A press conference to announce the implementation progress of the “Removal of Dioxin Contamination at the Da Nang International Airport” project took place in the city on Wednesday. Present at the event were US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Le Thanh An, Deputy-commander of the National Air Force and Air Defence High Command Major General Le Huy Vinh, Mission Director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Joakim Parker, along with the municipal People’s Committee Vice Chairman, Mr Phung Tan Viet.
Since 2000, the Vietnamese and US governments have promoted cooperation in dealing with Agent Orange/dioxin-related issues with a focus on environmental remediation at the Da Nang International Airport, one of the dioxin hotspots in Viet Nam.
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Addressing the event, Major General Le Huy Vinh said that following approval by the Vietnamese Prime Minister in 2011, USAID and the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence started the implementation of the project “Removal of Dioxin Contamination” at the airport on 9 August 2012. The project aims to clean up dioxin and eliminate risks of exposure to this toxic defoliant. In particular, focus will be on incinerating about 73,000 cubic metres of excavated contaminated soil and sediment at the airport.
USAID has evaluated the situation of environmental pollution at the airport as well as the efficiency of technologies for removing dioxin.
At present, the project is being carried out on schedule. Special attention is being paid to detecting and clearing mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) at the airport, excavating dioxin contaminated soil and installing power transmission lines.
Joakim Parker said that the funding for the project has increased up to 84 million USD from the estimated 43 million USD which was announced earlier.