Agent Orange Remediation Project: Danang Airport, Viet Nam
Veterans For Peace Chapter 160 Member Chuck Palazzo arranged a tour of the Danang Airport Agent Orange Remediation site. It is a rare opportunity and the visit has to be cleared at the highest levels. Very few visitors are allowed entry to the site. Before hand, we received a briefing on the remediation process and safety guidelines, and then, wearing hardhats and safety jackets, we toured the site.
Basically, it goes like this. The on-site dioxin contaminated dirt is placed in a huge dumpster, cooked at extremely high temperatures with all kinds of gadgets, meters, bells and whistles to prevent it from blowing up. Hopefully, it will work. However, for a more detailed explanation, http://www.usaid.gov/vietnam/environmental-remediation.
A question and answered period followed, and the staff was surprised at the level of technical knowledge of some members of our Group.
Bill Creighton, April 7, 2014