Thursday, August 30, 2012

#AgentOrange #Vietnam: #PhuCat #military #airbase removed from #dioxin #hotspot list

Phu Cat, Da Nang and Bien Hoa are three known dioxin hotspots. These airbases are highly contaminated by dioxin due to large quantities of herbicides stored or handled there during the war. The levels of dioxin concentration in these hotspots are as high as 365,000 parts per trillion (ppt) of international toxicity equivalents (I-TEQ). This is hundred of times the required clean-up level by national and international standards.

More than 7,000 cubic meters of dioxin-contaminated soil found at Phu cat airbase with the levels of dioxin concentration higher than 1,000 parts per trillion (ppt have been safely contained in the landfill. This Phu Cat landfill was constructed in full compliance with national regulations and met international standards. The landfill stops spreading of the dioxin to the environment and eliminate exposure of the local population.

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