A ceremony took place at the Da Nang International Airport on 7 November to mark the successful completion of the “Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contamination at Da Nang Airport” project as well as the hand over of remediated land at the Airport to the control of the Ministry of Transportation.
The ceremony to hand-over the remediated land to the control of the Ministry of Transportation
In attendance at the event were Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of National Defence (MND) cum Head of the National Steering Committee on the Settlement of Post-war Unexploded Ordnance and Toxic Chemical Consequences, or Committee 701; Mr. Daniel J. Kritenbrink, the US Ambassador to Viet Nam; and Da Nang People’s Committee Vice Chairman Nguyen Ngoc Tuan.
Also attendance were representatives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the KoreaInternational Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and relevant agencies.
This is the third and last portion of land to be turned over for expansion of the Da Nang International Airport. The ceremony also marked the completion of the six-year $110 million “Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contamination at Da Nang Airport” Project, jointly implemented by USAID and MND.
Launched in August 2012, USAID’s Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contamination at Da Nang Airport Project serves as an important milestone in the bilateral relationship between the two governments and will result in a cleaner, safer environment for the people of Da Nang. The project has successfully treated over 90,000 cubic meters of contaminated soil and sediment through thermal desorption and safely contained an additional 50,000 cubic meters of low concentration, dioxin-contaminated material. USAID and MND tested the treated soil and sediment to determine if the cleanup objective of 150 parts per trillion (ppt) was achieved. Phase 1 treated soil was less than 9 ppt and Phase 2 even lower (<1 ppt), exceeding all project goals.
Representatives at the event
Addressing the vent, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh affirmed that the project’s success demonstrated the bilateral effective cooperation between Viet Nam and the USA in solving the consequences of the war, made local residents feel secure, and satisfied Vietnamese people’s desire for living in a healthy environment that is free from dioxin contamination.
For his part, Da Nang People’s Committee Vice Chairman Nguyen Ngoc Tuan stressed that the handing over of the remaining treated land area made local residents nearby feel more secure, and facilitated his city to expand the existing airport in order to meet the increasing travelling demand for locals and visitors.
US Ambassador Kritenbrink stated, “The United States is committed to working with Viet Nam and MND to resolve war legacies while continuing to strengthen the economic, cultural, and security ties between the two countries. And we are now ready to continue this collaboration at Bien Hoa.”