Friday, September 27, 2013

Vietnam: Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contamination at Danang Airport
Progress Report: August 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013
USAID and GVN continued successful implementation of the Project, passing an important 1-year anniversary milestone of the Project’s August 2012 launch.
USAID contractors continued to safely excavate and place soil and sediment from Danang Airport into the containment structure for treatment. At the end of August 2013, approximately 90% of the containment structure was filled with soil and sediment.
Confirmation soil sample results indicated successful excavation of all contaminated material in some areas, while results in other areas indicated that additional excavation was required. For example, confirmatory samplingresults collected at Pacer Ivy Storage Area by both USAID and Vietnam-
Russia Tropical Center indicated dioxin concentrations well below the clean up goal. USAID completely backfilled and planted grass to restore this area. Inother areas, including the Storage Area, contractors continued to excavateadditional soil. Confirmation soil sampling will be performed to verify removal of contaminated soil above the cleanup goal.

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