Friday, February 28, 2014

Useful Agent Orange Websites, Videos, Books, and Studies
During the course of Hatfield’s ongoing Agent Orange/Dioxin studies in Viet Nam, we have come across a variety of useful and informative references. Below, we provide a sample of resources that we have found useful.



Ford Foundation Agent Orange/Dioxin program information


Q&A: 'Toxic War' - The Story of Agent Orange
U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War was long and costly in many ways.  The conflict itself raged for more than two decades, but the consequences of military actions taken in Vietnam continue to this day.  One of the darkest legacies is the effect of a widely used defoliant meant to quickly clear dense forests and flush out enemy forces.  Known as Agent Orange, the chemical induced adverse health issues for both U.S. troops and Vietnamese on both sides of the war.
Peter Sills, an attorney who helped represent the Vietnam Veterans of America in a class action lawsuit regarding the use of Agent Orange, has written about it in a new book titled Toxic War. Speaking with VOA’s Jim Stevenson, Sills told of the many ways Agent Orange had a direct effect on people, and how it even evolved into a weapon.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fears widen over Kadena toxins

Just days after the commander of U.S. Kadena Air Base, near the city of Okinawa, promised parents their children’s schools were safe from dioxin contamination, a further 50 chemical barrels have been unearthed from adjacent land and a retired U.S. Air Force major has come forward with claims the school grounds are located near a former dump-and-burn site for waste that included military defoliants.
In addition, a growing number of parents affiliated with the base believe their children’s serious illnesses may have been caused by dioxin exposure.
Last Tuesday, at a hastily convened meeting, 18th Wing Commander Brig. Gen. James Hecker admitted to parents that he ought to have informed them of the contamination next to the playing fields of Bob Hope Primary School and Amelia Earhart Intermediate School as soon as he learned of the problem last summer.
However, he reassured his audience of about 100 U.S. service members and their dependents that there were no indications the base itself was polluted and stated his staff were doing all they could to protect children from any harm.

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March 14, 2014        Hays, Kansas
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April 5, 2014             Helena, Montana
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April 26, 2014           Northville, Michigan
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May 10, 2014            Seattle, Washington
May 11, 2014            Ohio State Convention
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May 18, 2014            Bordentown, New Jersey
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