VietNamNet Bridge – There are still 240,000 cubic meters of soil and
sludge contaminated with dioxin in Dong Nai Province’s Bien Hoa Airport
area not buried, posing high risks to people’s health and the
environment, said an environment official.
Speaking at a recent seminar on agent orange and dioxin held in
Hanoi, Le Ke Son, deputy director of the Vietnam Environment
Administration, said that consequences were very serious, but remedial
measures have yet to be studied carefully.
Even the number of people inflicted by dioxin in Vietnam has not been established, Son said.
According to previously announced statistics, Vietnam has an estimated 4.8 million people with dioxin contamination.
1961 and 1971, with the defoliation campaign Ranch Hand, the U.S. army
sprayed over 800 million liters of herbicides in southern Vietnam. After
over 40 years, the dioxin concentration in some areas has declined, but
the consequences are still grave.
Vietnam has three dioxin
hotspots, which are Phu Cat, Danang and Bien Hoa airbases. With supports
from the U.S. government and the United Nations Development Program,
the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is working hard on
removing dioxin at Danang and Bien Hoa airbases.
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