High-tech dioxin cleanup planned at Da Nang airport

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) spelled out the details of the long-awaited cleanup plan for Da Nang Airport during a scientific conference in Hanoi on Tuesday, VnExpress reported.

The US will spend US$43 million on the project, which will use In-Pile Thermal Desorption (IPTD) technology to rid the airport soil of dioxin leftover from the Vietnam War. The project will be jointly conducted by officials from USAID and the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense. 

The IPTD approach will involve the construction of a covered, above-ground, insulated structure that will filled with soil contaminated soil and then heated to destroy the dioxin.

IPTD has been applied in the US, EU and Asia to successfully clean up toxic waste.

Representatives from the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense said the Agent Orange/dioxin cleanup of Da Nang Airport will create 29 hectares of clean soil for economic purposes and erase the risks of dioxin contamination for residents living around the airport.

The project will also mark the further development of Vietnam-US cooperative relationship and pave the way for cleanup work at other dioxin "hot spots" including Bien Hoa and Phu Cat airports, they said.

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Ralphs Baker, director of the project, said IPTD is the most suitable technology for Da Nang Airport, and the US has fully committed to conducting the project.

The project will kick off by the end of the summer and is expected to finish in 2015.

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