(VOV) - A large number of US and Vietnamese experts gathered at a seminar in Hanoi on May 8 to discuss the use of In-Pile Thermal Desorption (IPTD) technology to clean up the Agent Orange/Dioxin contamination at Danang Airport.
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Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), said the preliminary design of the IPTD environmental pollution treatment system will be used to clean up the dioxin at Danang Airport, as part of the cooperative project between USAID and the Vietnam Ministry of National Defence.
IPTD is an advanced technology that has been used successfully in the US, EU and Asia to clean up dangerous waste and make the environment safe for millions of people and future generations.
Deputy Commander of Air Force and Air Defence Major-General Le Huy Vinh said he hopes that the participants in this project will contribute practical ideas for using new technology and that the contaminated land will be cleaned effectively.
Speaking at a press briefing in Hanoi on the same day, Mr Steinberg said the project to clean up dioxin at Danang Airport will be conducted very carefully to ensure the safety of both the project workers and the local people. “We are fully committed to clearing and dealing with AO/Dioxin at Danang airport”, said Steinberg.
USAID Director in Vietnam Francis Donovan said the project will cost around US$43 million.