United States and Vietnam Agree on the Roadmap for Dioxin Remediation at Largest Hotspot in Vietnam

Friday, September 13, 2019

In April 2019, USAID and Vietnam’s Air Defense Airforce Command (ADAFC) launched the dioxin remediation project at Bien Hoa Airbase, the largest remaining hotspot of dioxin contamination in Vietnam. This project, estimated to cost $390 million, will remediate high-risk areas over an estimated ten-year period using treatment and isolation methods similar to those used at the dioxin remediation project at Danang Airport. On September 6, USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Michael Greene and ADAFC Vice Chief Major General Chung launched the master planning process for the Dioxin Remediation at Bien Hoa Airbase Area project in Hanoi. In the meeting, project stakeholders from ten Ministry of National Defense offices and key national and Dong Nai Province environmental officials agreed on a roadmap leading to finalization of the master plan by June 2020. USAID and ADAFC will organize four additional meetings in the coming months to reach stakeholder consensus on master plan topics including data gaps, standards, and selection of remedial measures.

So What? Gaining support from a diverse set of stakeholders is essential to successful remediation of the complex Bien Hoa Airbase area dioxin hotspot. Overcoming this war legacy is critical to advancing the U.S.-Vietnam comprehensive partnership

Last updated: October 11, 2019

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