U.S., VN complete environmental remediation at Da Nang Airport
16:01 | 07/11/2018

VGP - Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh and U.S. Ambassador to Viet Nam Daniel J. Kritenbrink on November 7 witnessed the signing of an agreement to hand over 13.7 hectares of remediated land at Da Nang International Airport to the control of the Ministry of Transportation. 

Photo: VGP/Luu Huong

This is the third and last portion of land to be turned over for expansion of Da Nang International Airport.

The ceremony also marked the completion of the six-year, US$110 million Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contamination at Da Nang Airport Project, jointly implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Defense.

Launched in August 2012, USAID’s Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contamination at Da Nang Airport Project serves as an important milestone in the bilateral relationship between the two governments and will result in a cleaner, safer environment for the people of Da Nang. 

The project has successfully treated over 90,000 cubic meters of contaminated soil and sediment through thermal desorption and safely contained an additional 50,000 cubic meters of low concentration, dioxin-contaminated material. 

The U.S. is committed to working with Viet Nam and the Ministry of Defense to resolve war legacies while continuing to strengthen the economic, cultural, and security ties between the two countries.

The Bien Hoa Airbase area is the largest remaining hotspot of dioxin contamination in Viet Nam. On May 11, USAID signed a grant with Viet Nam's Air Defense-Air Force Command for a total expected contribution of US$183 million towards remediation activities in the Bien Hoa Air Base area over an initial five-year period. The signing of this joint project document is the first step in this important initiative. 

Since 2000, the United States has worked with Viet Nam to resolve humanitarian and wartime legacy issues. These include the removal of unexploded ordnance, the identification of remains of missing personnel, and the remediation of dioxin.

By Thuy Dung

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