251871 Agent Orange Environmental Remediation at Danang airport, Vietnam

Monday, October 31, 2011: 4:45 PM

Michael Anderson , Bureau of East Asian Affairs, United States Agency for International Development, Washington, DC
John O. Wilson, PhD , Office of Technical Support, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, DC
In 2009, USAID initiated an environmental assessment for dioxin remediation at Danang airport. The environmental assessment evaluated alternatives for addressing dioxin remediation at Danang and determined the relative environmental impacts of each alternative. The environmental assessment showed that the thermal desorption destruction alternative was feasible at the Danang site, was associated with the lowest environmental impacts, and had the greatest possibility of success in removing dioxin. In-Situ/In-Pile thermal desorption destruction is an innovative, proven technology to destroy dioxin and other contaminants. Currently in the design and procurement phase, USAID is working in close collaboration with the Government of Vietnam's Ministry of National Defense to implement this project which is expected to be completed in 2015.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences

Learning Objectives:
Explain the role of U.S. AID in Vietnam Describe the plans currently underway for remediation of dioxin from Agent Orange spraying in Vietnam.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a representative of the United States government and have no conflict of interest.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.