The workshop on November 13 looks into the outcomes of the trial remediation of dioxin using microbial technology at A Sho airfield (Photo: moitruong24h.vn)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – A workshop was held in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on November 13 to look into the outcomes of the trial remediation of dioxin using microbial technology at A Sho airfield in A Luoi district.

The event was organised by the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE), the Republic of Korea’s BJC company, and the A Luoi district People’s Committee.

VACNE and BJC experts shared the view that the trial remediation was carried out in line with the process, met technical standards for biological treatment, and matched local conditions.

Biotechnology is relatively simple technology with low cost, high feasibility and considerable effects in dioxin contaminated land, they noted.

The VACNE and Korean partners like BJC, KIT and KIOST have assisted A Luoi district to pilot remediating dioxin-polluted land of A Sho airfield over the past years.

On this occasion, the VACNE and BJC presented gift packages to more than 30 families with Agent Orange/dioxin victims. They also supported A Luoi district with 60 million VND (over 2,600 USD) to help build a relic site showing chemical war remnants.

The US army sprayed some 80 million litres of toxic chemicals from 1961 to 1971, 61 percent of which was Agent Orange containing 366 kilograms of dioxin, over nearly one quarter of the total area of South Vietnam. 

Preliminary statistics showed that 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin, and about 3 million people became victims. Tens of thousands of people have died while millions of others have suffered from cancer and other incurable diseases as a result. Many of their offspring have also suffered from birth deformities.-VNA