Agent Orange/Dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa airport in the
southern province of Dong Nai, formerly a major military airbase of the
U.S. Army, is even worse than the alarming rate confirmed before.
More seriously, the toxic chemical was found flowing toward the Dong
Nai River, just hundreds of meters from the hot spot, and in densely
populated areas located alongside the river and airport.
Dozens of hectares, including five to seven hectares of ponds and
lakes, at the airport have been found with dangerously high
concentrations of dioxin, a pollutant that inflicts great damage on
human health, causing cancer together with reproductive and
developmental problems, and increasing the risk of heart disease,
diabetes, and immune malfunction.
28 new sites contaminated
Apart from 13 sites at Bien Hoa airport confirmed of Agent
Orange/Dioxin contamination, Vietnam has recently unearthed 28 other
sites covering dozens of hectares at the facility seriously polluted
with the toxic chemical.
The 28 new sites probed at the airport were all confirmed to be
contaminated with Agent Orange/Dioxin, according to the National
Steering Committee on Tackling Consequences of Toxic Chemicals, or
Committee 33, the body under the Vietnamese government in charge of
coping with the consequences of toxic chemicals used by the U.S. during
the war in Vietnam.
Of the 28 new sites, sixteen were identified as seriously polluted, as
they surpassed the rate of 8,000 parts per trillion (ppt), Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper said in an article published on March 23.
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