VietNamNet Bridge – About 16 of the 28 lakes at southern Dong Nai Province's Bien Hoa Airbase have been found to have dangerously high
concentrations of dioxin.
Authorities have told local residents not to drink or use the water.
highest concentrations of dioxins were found to be more than 8,000
parts per trillion (ppt), eight times higher than recommended levels.
news was released yesterday morning (March 10) at a meeting in Ha Noi.
It follows a report from a project titled Environmental Remediation in
Dioxin Contaminated Hotspots in Viet Nam, undertaken last year and
funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF)/ United Nations
Development Program (UNDP).
Le Ke Son, director general of the
Office of National Steering Committee 33, the body in charge of handling
the consequences of toxic chemicals used by the United States during
the war in Viet Nam, said that the dioxins were also found in new lakes
located on high ground at the airbase.
The report said the most
toxic dioxin, 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), was found in
samples of soil and sediment taken near lakes to the north and east of
The contamination is believed to be caused by toxic chemicals used during the American War 1959-1975.
to experts, the level of dioxins at the airbase is higher than at
airports in Da Nang and Phu Cat, two others dioxin contaminated
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