The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Air Defence – Air Force Service under the Vietnamese Defence Ministry signed an agreement on non-refundable aid for a project on dioxin remediation in the Bien Hoa airport in Hanoi.
Michael Greene, Mission Director for USAID in Vietnam, and Lt. Gen. Le Huy Vinh, Commander of the Air Defence – Air Force Service, signed the document to start making plans for the process for the project.
Bien Hoa is the largest remaining dioxin hotspot in Vietnam. The assessment of Vietnam and the US on the dioxin reported that some 500,000 cu.m of dioxin-contaminated land in the airport needs to be treated. The successful dioxin decontamination in this area will contribute to reducing risks of dioxin exposure and affecting human health.
The project, estimated to cost USD 390 million, and the project will complete within 10 years. The US side vowed to collaborate with Vietnam and its Defence Ministry in addressing war consequences while continuing to foster bilateral economic, cultural and security relations.
The US has cooperated with Vietnam in dealing with humanitarian issues and war legacies, including removing post-war unexploded ordnances, identifying remains of servicemen missing in action and treating dioxin.
By the end of 2018, USAID and the Vietnamese Defence Ministry will complete a six-year project worth USD 110 million on dioxin decontamination in the Da Nang International Airport.