return icon

Dioxin remediation project kicked off at Bien Hoa Airbase

Work on the US-funded Dioxin Remediation at Bien Hoa Airbase Project in the southern province of Dong Nai began on December 5.



Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh speaks at the event.



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 300 million USD 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.

Over 3.6 million hectares of forest were destroyed while 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to the Agent Orange/Dioxin, and about 3 million people became AO/Dioxin victims, he said adding that the toxic chemical also left effect on the third generation.

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.

Located about 30 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City, Bien Hoa, is a major base for US Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine units during the war. In 2016, USAID, in partnership with the Government of Vietnam, completed an assessment of dioxin contamination at the airbase.

The assessment identified almost 500,000 cubic metres of dioxin-contaminated soil and sediment in need of remediation – almost four times the volume that was remediated at Da Nang Airport.

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


Rock tales in Ganh Yen

Ganh Yen is located along the fishing village of Thanh Thuy in Binh Hai Commune, Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province.


GDP growth to hit 8% this year in base-case scenario: Official

Doan Thien An crowned Miss Grand Vietnam 2022

Doan Thien An, 22-year-old beauty from the Mekong Delta province of Long An, was crowned Miss Grand Vietnam 2022 after surpassing 49 other contestants at the pageant finale in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1.

Vietnam’s GDP growth to be among the highest in SE as int’l organisations forecast

Vietnam’s GDP growth in 2022 and 2023 will be among the highest in Southeast Asian as shown in many international organisations’ forecasts and assessments on the Vietnamese economic outlook.

Amid global unrest, VN billionaires incur huge losses

Despite good news about the economy, including high growth rate and low inflation, stock prices have been sliding all over the globe.

Vietnam needs to expand airport network to relieve pressure on infrastructure

Vietnam ranks No.1 on the list of the 25 countries with the fastest post-pandemic recovery of the domestic aviation market.

Binh Duong lures foreign investors with special care

The southern province of Binh Duong has taken the lead for foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction thanks to its methods of taking care of investors.

Securities under pressure from external risks

Although the US Federal Reserve (FED) raised the interest rate in the hope of reducing inflationary pressure, it has come as a shock to see a rise in the core US inflation data, despite falling oil prices.

Unemployment rate falls, workers' incomes increase

According to the General Statistics Office's Report, the labor and employment situation in the third quarter of 2022 continued to recover.

The most expensive birds in Vietnam

Red-whiskered bulbs (Pycnonotus jocosus) with original colors are priced at VND500 million and tiny chickens with original colors sell for thousands of USD.

Drinks from dracontomelon: A popular heat-relieving drink in Hanoi

Sweet drinks made from ‘sau’, a fruit which is known scientifically as Dracontomelon, are a popular heat-relieving drink in Hanoi during the hot summer.

1,000 authors with doctoral degree or higher compiled textbooks for new academic year

As many as 1,574 authorities participated in compiling textbooks for six grades in accordance with the new general education program issued in 2018.

Expectations positive for growth trajectory

The Vietnamese economy has been gradually bouncing back thanks to the government’s major efforts to curb the pandemic and remove obstructions to progress for enterprises.

Law on Pharmacy needs to be amended

The lack of medicine at public hospitals has caused concern among the public. The Prime Minister has instructed the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and relevant ministries to find solutions to resolve the problem.

FIEs seek streamlined workforce policy

The human resources of Vietnam are improving to meet the demand of foreign-invested enterprises. However, they may require stronger policies on visas to enhance performance and transfer high technologies to Vietnam