AO/Dioxin to be cleared from Da Nang Airport

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The Hanoitimes - The preliminary design of In-Pile Thermal Desorption (IPTD) environmental pollution treatment system, which will be used to treat the Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin contamination at Da Nang Airport, was announced in Hanoi o­n May 8.

The Hanoitimes - The preliminary design of In-Pile Thermal Desorption (IPTD) environmental pollution treatment system, which will be used to treat the Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin contamination at Da Nang Airport , was announced in Hanoi o­n May 8.

The US$43 million project will be carried out by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Vietnamese Government. 191,400 square metres of land at the airport will be dug up and treated with the IPTD technology.

IPTD is an advanced technology that has been successfully applied in the US, Europe and Asia to clean up hazardous waste and ensure a safe environment for millions of people, including the health of future generations, according to USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg.

In June 2010, USAID conducted an environmental assessment at Da Nang Airport and selected the IPTD technology to treat the contaminated land. USAID is expected to begin implementation of the project by late summer.

The US Congress has so far provided US$34.9 million for the environmental clean-up at the airport and US$6.4 million for medical care for nearby residential communities.

In addition to Da Nang Airport , USAID will support Vietnam to undertake environmental treatments at Bien Hoa and Phu Cat Airports which are also contaminated by dioxin.

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