CPV: The Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) on June 17 officially begins activities to detect and remove unexploded ordnance (UXO) at the Da Nang airport.
This is one of the activities conducted and funded by the MND as part of Vietnam’s contribution to the remediation program. This effort is a key first step in a project implemented by the Ministry and the US. Agency for International Development (USAID) to clean up the dioxin contaminated soil and sediment at the airport. Certain areas on the Da Nang Airport site are one of three dioxin “hotspots” in Vietnam.
“The successful implementation of this project will remove dioxin from 29 hectares of soil that can be used for economic and commercial activities, and reduce human exposure to the chemical and potential health impacts, while marking the development of the good relationship between the two governments and people of Vietnam and the US,” said Major General Do Minh Tuan, Deputy Commander, Air Force – Air Defense Command.
Major General Do Minh Tuan, Deputy Commander, Air Force – Air Defense
Command (third position from the right) poses photo in Da Nang airport
on June 17. (Photo: Richard Nyberg from USAID)
In May, USAID and the MND signed an agreement to strengthen collaboration and set out a road map for implementation of dioxin clean-up efforts at the airport.
According to US. Charge D’affaires Virginia Palmer, the clearance of unexploded ordnance by the MND is an excellent example of the strong collaborative relationship that the two Governments have built on the dioxin remediation project.
Since 2001, the two sides have worked together to address environmental and health issues related to dioxin contamination from Agent Orange. The US Government has appropriated nearly 42 million USD for environmental remediation, health, and disabilities activities in Da Nang in addition to other programs throughout Vietnam for 4 years./.