Dioxin remediation project kicked off at Bien Hoa Airbase

Thursday, 2019-12-05 22:21:37
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Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh speaks at the event. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Work on the US-funded Dioxin Remediation at Bien Hoa Airbase Project in the southern province of Dong Nai began on December 5.

The ceremony, held by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Vietnam Defence-Air Force Service and the National Action Centre for Toxic Chemicals and Environmental Treatment (NACCET), was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, US Deputy Chief of Mission in Vietnam Caryn R. McClelland, and representatives from competent ministries and sectors.

An area of 37 hectares of the airbase’s western portion was handed over to the USAID to begin ground operations for the dioxin clean-up project. The objective is to first eliminate the risk of further dioxin migration off base, working with Dong Nai authorities to clean areas off base, and then to treat and contain contaminated soils.

Earlier, the US government committed US$300 million to restoring the airbase and surrounding areas, which will take 10 years to complete.

Speaking at the event, Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh hailed efforts by Vietnamese and US relevant sides for their meticulous preparation for the project.

He highlighted that the dioxin detoxification project at Bien Hoa Airbase is a vivid illustration for the US’s strong commitment to joining hands with Vietnam in the post-war recovery efforts.

He ordered the Ministry of Defence to coordinate with relevant ministries, sectors and localities to remove bottlenecks so as to accelerate the implementation of the project, while working to ensure safety for people and the environment during the detoxification process.

Caryn R. McClelland said that the project is carried out at Bien Hoa airbase following its success at Da Nang airport, and it is a notable example for the sound partnership between Vietnam and the US, who were ex-enemies but are trying to overcome the past and pave the way toward a future of friendship and prosperity.

On the occasion, Deputy PM Binh and the US diplomat witnessed the signing of an agreement to implement a US$65 million programme to support persons with disabilities in eight priority provinces in the next five years between USAID and NACCET.