The US Agency for International Development (USAID) on April 24 gave an
update on the progress of the dioxin detoxification project at Da
Nang airport in the central city.
briefing was attended by US Consul General in Vietnam An Le, Director
of USAID in Vietnam Joakim Parker and Deputy Commander of Vietnam ’s
Air-Air Defence Force Major General Le Huy Vinh.
USAID said it has signed the third and final contract to get rid of
dioxin at the airport using thermal treatment. The contractors have
completed the construction of a yard to store contaminated soil and an
approximate 3,200 cu.m. of contaminated soil have been moved here to dry
up before the next step of treatment. All the water leaked from the
soil will be collected and treated before disposal.
The contractors are building the treatment pile structure.
Parker said he was pleased that the project was on schedule, and was
happy with the effective cooperation of the Vietnamese Government’s
agencies, especially the Ministry of Defence.
The project is expected to be finished by 2016.
Parker also said that USAID will work closely with Da Nang city
authorities to ensure its people have enough information on the project.
Da Nang International Airport is a
dioxin “hot spot” due to the high level of contamination in its soil
after the war. With the approval of the Vietnamese Prime Minister in
2011, USAID and the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence have worked together
to clean up dioxin from the airport.
the Da Nang airport project will help Vietnam develop its own
capacity to implement similar activities in other regions.-VNA