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Agent Orange Dioxin Contamination in the Environment and  Human Population In the Vicinity of Da Nang Airbase, Viet Nam  

Agent Orange Dioxin Contamination in the Environment and Human Population In the Vicinity of Da Nang Airbase, Viet Nam

The presence of dioxin in the environment in and around former US military sites in Viet Nam is a direct result of storage, use and spillage of herbicides by the US military and Army of the Republic of Viet Nam (ARVN) forces. Significant quantities of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), a contaminant in Agent Orange, were detected in samples analyzed from the Da Nang Airbase in December 2006. Dioxin levels recorded in Da Nang soils, sediments, fish and human tissues exceeded all international standards and guidelines for these toxic chemicals. Similar situations can be expected at other major Ranch Hand sites in Viet Nam, especially Bien Hoa.
Although dioxins are a significant environmental hazard, the extent and impact of contamination around known dioxin hot spots in Viet Nam has not been adequately assessed. More than 40 years after Agent Orange was introduced to the environment of Viet Nam, the resultant chemical contamination continues to enter the environment and human population to this day. Mitigation measures must be implemented immediately to protect Vietnamese living in the vicinity of dioxin hot spots from further contamination and potential health impacts.

Published by: Hatfield Consultants - Author: Boivin TG, Le KS, Dwernychuk LW, Tran MH, Bruce GS, Minh NH, Tran N, Trinh KS, Phung TD, Moats D, Allan JA , Borton L, and Davies M,
Uploaded on: Oct 2011
File size: 32 KB - Language: English
Source: http://www.hatfieldgroup.com/UserFiles/File/ContaminantMonitoringAgentOrange/VietNamHighlights/Boivin_et_al__2007_Dioxin2007_FINAL.pdf
Keyword(s): Airport
Category: Health

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