Saturday, March 21, 2015

Nearly 170,000 people no longer exposed to dioxin
Nearly 170,000 people living near the Bien Hoa airbase in the southern province of Dong Nai and in the vicinity of Phu Cat airbase in the central province of Binh Dinh no longer face potential risks of dioxin exposure.

The result was announced by the Office of the National Steering Committee (Office 33) at a workshop held in Hanoi on March 19 for the project “Environmental remediation of dioxin contaminated hotspots in Vietnam” funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Vietnam.
Speaking at the workshop, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Environmental Administration and General Director of Office 33 Nguyen The Dong said the project has achieved its designed objectives and made significant scientific and practical contributions to researching and overcoming the complicated and long-term consequences of Agent Orange/dioxin in Vietnam.
The project, implemented since 2010 with more than US$5 million in funding, aims to minimise the disruption of ecosystems and health risks for people in the contaminated hotspots of Bien Hoa, Danang and Phu Cat airbases.
The project’s results have been handed over to the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Dong Nai Department of Natural Resources and Environment and a number of relevant organisations and authorities for future maintenance and management in accordance with their functions as assigned by the Government.

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