Hatfield is partnering with CDM Smith International to provide technical support services to The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Viet Nam to assess dioxin remediation alternatives at the Bien Hoa Airbase. The study will determine the nature and extent of dioxin contamination at the Airbase as well as assess the effectiveness, implementability, cost, and environmental impact of a number of dioxin remediation alternatives for the Airbase.
Hatfield and CDM Smith are consulting with government agencies, and surveying local institutions and community groups to obtain feedback on the Environmental Assessment (EA), which also includes a Gender Assessment. Hatfield will develop responses to feedback received from the U.S. State Department and other U.S. Government partners, the Government of Viet Nam, Vietnamese citizens, NGOs and the government of Dong Nai Province.The Airbases and Airports at Da Nang, Bien Hoa, and Phu Cat have been referred to as dioxin “hot spots” due to high dioxin concentrations remaining decades after large volumes of Agent Orange and other defoliants were handled at these sites during the US-Viet Nam War. The Government of Viet Nam has requested foreign assistance to support dioxin remediation efforts. Hatfield and CDM Smith are also currently working with the U.S. Government to support dioxin clean-up efforts at the Da Nang Airport site. Hatfield has been involved in the Agent Orange dioxin issue in Viet Nam since 1994. READ MORE