Monday, February 18, 2019

Vietnam to relocate 300 residents near US air base for dioxin cleanup

75 families living near the Bien Hoa military airport, former American airbase and dioxin hotspot, will be resettled for cleanup work.
Dong Nai Province, where the dioxin hotspot is located, is expected to implement the relocation plan involving 300 people this summer.
"We have got the resettlement area ready and will start moving local households in June," said Vo Van Chanh, the province’s deputy chairman.
The dioxin-infected land will be transferred to those in charge of the cleaning work early next year, he said.
Visiting the site Friday, Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich said Vietnam should call for more financial aid and boost the cleaning process.
Just 30 km (around 20 miles) from Ho Chi Minh City, Bien Hoa airport was a U.S. air force base during the Vietnam War (1955-1975).
The airport is believed to be the largest dioxin hotspot in Vietnam. Studies have found that more than 500,000 cubic meters of land at the airport, which Vietnam uses for military purposes, needs to be detoxified.

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