A seminar on the technical design of the In-Pile Thermal Desorption technology, agreed to be used to decontaminate the Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin still present at Da Nang airport, was held in the central city of Da Nang on Aug. 2.

The event was part of the project to deal with the dioxin-contaminated environment at the airport, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and managed by the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence.

The project includes two missions, with mine clearance having already been completed in late 2011. The second is to gather the dioxin-contaminated soil for treatment starting on Aug. 9, witnessed by representatives of both the US and Vietnamese governments.

A board of assessors will be set up to appraise the technology and progress made in October 2012.-VNA