Work starts on US$390 million dioxin cleanup project at former US military base
The project shows the two former war foes' efforts to address war legacies.
Vietnam and the US on December 5 kicked off a dioxin remediation project costing US$390 million at Bien Hoa Airbase, which was used to be a base of American troops.
|Senior officials break ground for the US$390-million project. Photo: USAID|
The US government has committed US$300 million to restoring the airbase and surrounding areas, which will take 10 years to complete.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Vietnam’s Air Defense Air Force Command (ADAFC), the Ministry of National Defense, and the National Action Center for Chemical and Environmental Treatment (NACCET) celebrated the commencement of the project.
|The signing of US$65-million project for persons with disabilities. Photo: USAID|
The groundbreaking ceremony marked the attendance of Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Vice Minister of National Defense, US Chargé d’Affaires to Vietnam Caryn R. McClelland, US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Marie Damour, and USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Michael Greene.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chargé d’Affaires McClelland stated: “Not only will we work to reduce risk and ensure the safety of surrounding communities, we will again demonstrate to the world the incredible example of the United States-Vietnam relationship, where former foes chose to partner, overcome the past, and pave the way toward a future of friendship and mutual prosperity.”
|The dioxin cleanup proejct will last for 10 years. Photo: USAID|
On the same day, the two sides inked an agreement to implement a US$65 million program to support persons with disabilities in eight priority provinces over the next five years. USAID plans to strengthen Vietnam’s rehabilitation system and community support networks to ensure that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity to fully participate in society while improving their overall quality of life.
In a press release, the US Embassy in Hanoi said this was a significant milestone in the US-Vietnam relationship.
ADAFC has handed over 37 hectares of the western portion of the airbase (known as Pacer Ivy) to USAID to begin ground operations for the dioxin remediation at Bien Hoa Airbase Project.
USAID-supported work crews have built roads, constructed gates and offices, and initiated land clearance and survey activities. The objective is to first eliminate the risk of further dioxin migration off base, working with Dong Nai authorities to clean areas off base, and then to treat and contain contaminated soils.
- Vietnam sets plan for scenario of 30,000 Covid-19 cases
- Vietnam to double-check entry of foreigners
- Vietnam’s army turns on "wartime" alert as more Covid-19 infections found
- Vietnam calls for special attention to Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Lebanon
- Covid-19 infections found among Samsung Vietnam staff
- MAY 11: Vietnam confirmed 71 more Covid-19 cases
- Unnecessary to impose social distancing: Vietnam DPM
- German Communist Party expresses support for Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange
- Spending all forces to contain Covid-19: Vietnam top leaders
- Vietnam calls for restraint in East Jerusalem tensions
Vietnam sets plan for scenario of 30,000 Covid-19 cases
Vietnam seeks France’s speedy approval for EU – Vietnam investment deal
More libraries to open in 2021
Vietnam’s army turns on "wartime" alert as more Covid-19 infections found
Uplifting the Covid-19 prevention spirit with Street Art
Record high ETF inflow turn Vietnam stock market into Asia’s spotlight: SSI
Vietnam to buy out IP rights for ST25 rice variety
“The lordly tree” of silk painting guild
Local airlines raise ticket prices from May 9