VietNamNet Bridge – On the morning of April 24, the local and
foreign media was permitted to visit the dioxin detoxification site,
which is in the first phase of operation, in the central city of Da
With the consent of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, the
United States Development Agency (USAID) and the Vietnam Air Defense
Force, reporters were allowed to enter the dioxin remediation site.
After a short conversation, engineer Peter Cherevey (technical manager
of the project) took nearly 20 minutes for the introduction of safety
rules for journalists before they enter the site. "It's dioxin. Here, we
consider the safety of workers, people living around, as well as the
journalists the top priority," Cherevey said.
According to Mr. Joachim Parker - Director of USAID in Vietnam, the
project is progressing extremely favorable with good coordination
between the parties and it is in the construction of heat treatment
After that, about 73 trillion cubic meters of soil and sludge
intoxicated with dioxin will be transferred into the oven, covered by
concrete and burned in the temperature of 335 degrees Celsius. Soil and
sludge will be decomposes into water and smoke and go through closed
pipes for dioxin detoxification before going to the environment.
is expected that the project will be completed by the end of 2016, when
all the soil and mud is burned. The initial cost for this project is
over $40 million, but at this time it is nearly $84 million of ODA and
VND35 billion ($1.3 million) of reciprocal capital of Vietnam.
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