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Handing over 9.35 hectares of dioxin-decontaminated land at A So airport

TTH.VN - After three years of decontaminating dioxin-infected soil at A So Airport in A Luoi District, on October 24th, the Chemical Corps of the Ministry of National Defense held a ceremony to announce the completion of soil remediation at the dioxin-contaminated site.

Displaying 200 images, artifacts about Agent Orange painStanding Deputy Prime Minister, and Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee visit and present Tet gifts in A Luoi

 Signing the handover of clean land to the local authorities.

Among the attendees were Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien, Member of the Party Central Committee, Deputy Minister of National Defense and Head of the Standing Agency of the National Steering Committee on the Settlement of Post-war Unexploded Ordnance and Toxic Chemical in Vietnam; Heads of various agencies and units under the Ministry of National Defense; Delegates from the Government Office, central and local ministries, departments, and branches; as well as representatives from international organizations, including the U.S. Embassy, the Embassy of Japan, and the Embassy of Belgium…

The aftermath of Agent Orange exposure after the war has had a profound impact on many families in Dong Son commune, A Luoi district. Currently, there are 49 individuals in the commune receiving compensation for Agent Orange exposure, and many others have still been affected to varying degrees.

 Leaders of the Ministry of National Defense and associated units presenting 200 gifts to policy beneficiaries and victims of Agent Orange.

In an effort to decontaminate the dioxin-infected soil in order to stabilize the lives of local residents, in March 2020, the Ministry of National Defense approved the project entitled “Treating dioxin-contaminated land at A So Airport, A Luoi District, Thua Thien Hue Province” and directly assigned the Chemical Corps to preside over its implementation.

After three years of progress, the project has been successfully completed, with the treatment of over 38,700 m3 of contaminated soil, including 6,500 m3 of biological treatment and 32,218 m3 of encapsulation and isolation. The total area is 9.35 hectares.

Speaking at the ceremony, Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien affirmed that the project's results demonstrate its effectiveness and significance across various sectors, including the environment, economy - society, community health, and international relations.

Thereby, it reflects the commitment and effective cooperation with the U.S. Government in dealing with the consequences of Agent Orange after the war in Vietnam, meeting the Vietnamese people's desire for a pollution-free living environment from the toxic chemical dioxin.

At the same time, it was suggested that the relevant authorities in Vietnam and the United States continue to collaborate on long-term environmental monitoring after the project's completion, ensuring the maintenance of a clean environment to serve the local economic and social development.

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