2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 13:20:52 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] GLOBAL: Bien Hoa (Vietnam) Agent Orange cleanup
UN starts $5M Agent Orange cleanup at Vietnam base

Associated Press
June 29, 2010

HANOI, Vietnam - The United Nations has launched a $5 million project to clean up Agent Orange contamination at a former U.S military air base in Vietnam, the world body said Tuesday.

The project will focus on dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa airport on the outskirts of southern Ho Chi Minh City. It is one of three former American air bases where U.S. forces mixed, stored and loaded the defoliant onto planes for spraying missions during the Vietnam War to destroy jungle hideouts of enemy Communist forces.

Between 1962 and 1971, the U.S. military sprayed roughly 11 million gallons (41 million liters) of Agent Orange across large swaths of southern Vietnam. Dioxin is a toxic chemical used in the herbicide that has been linked to cancers, birth defects and other ailments.


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