US awards contracts to clear dioxin in Vietnam

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The US Government has named two contractors under a project to remove Agent Orange residue at the Da Nang Airport, the US Embassy in Hanoi said in a press release.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded an US$8.34 million contract to CDM Smith (Massachusetts) to manage construction and oversee of the entire project, which is to be coordinated with Vietnam's Ministry of National Defense.

It also awarded a $17 million contract to Tetra Tech Inc. (California) to complete the excavation and to manufacture necessary component parts, including an in-pile thermal desorption treatment machine. Dioxin-contaminated sediment and soil will be treated in the machine under a later contract.

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The contracts are part of the Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contamination at Da Nang Airport Project, which involves treatment of approximately 73,000 cubic meters of contaminated soil and sediment at the airport.

The project is expected to start this August and will be completed by the end of 2016.

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