Dioxin cleanup

The New Zealand Herald - - World -

Viet­nam and the United States have fin­ished the cleanup of dioxin con­tam­i­na­tion at Da Nang air­port caused by the trans­port and stor­age of the her­bi­cide Agent Orange dur­ing the Viet­nam War. The 30 hectares of land cleansed of the toxic chem­i­cal were handed over to Viet­nam at a cer­e­mony in Da Nang. Large amounts of Agent Orange, which con­tains dioxin, were stored at Da Nang air­port dur­ing the war and sprayed by US forces to de­fo­li­ate the coun­try­side. Dioxin stays in the soil and in the sed­i­ment at the bot­tom of lakes and rivers for gen­er­a­tions. It can en­ter the food sup­ply through the fat of fish and other an­i­mals. Viet­namese still suf­fer from the ef­fects of the spray­ing. Viet­nam says as many as 4 mil­lion of its cit­i­zens were ex­posed to the her­bi­cide and as many as 3 mil­lion have suf­fered ill­nesses caused by it — in­clud­ing the chil­dren of peo­ple who were ex­posed dur­ing the war.

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