Top US military officer Martin Dempsey said in Da Nang on Friday that he was impressed by the progress being at a dioxin cleanup project being conducted at a former US airbase.
Dempsey, the first US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff to visit Vietnam since the war, said the project represents an important milestone in bilateral relations.
The US Department of Defense will continue to support the initiative, he said.
The US$84-million project, funded by US Agency for International Development (USAID), aims to eliminate the extensive dioxin contamination at the former airbase.
The former airbase served as a primary staging site for the US' indiscriminate use of toxic chemical defoliants throughout the war.
The first phase of the project, which started in August, 2012, involves heating 45,000 cubic meters of dioxin-contaminated excavated soil in a temporary treatment structure at 335 degrees Celsius.
The high temperature will destroy the toxin.
The second phase of the project began last February and will treat 35,000 cubic meters of dioxin-contaminated excavated soil.
Dempsey stopped in Da Nang during his four-day official visit to Vietnam.READ MORE: http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/top-us-general-visits-dioxin-cleanup-in-da-nang-29996.html