Da Nang Agent Orange Cleanup a First Step, But Questions Abound

From the Vietweek publication, 17-23 August 2012

By An Dien and Jon Dillingham

Critics say US engagement on dioxin could be realpolitik, not humanitarianism.

No sooner had US and Vietnamese officials clapped after cutting the ribbon than Nguyen Van Tinh sulked away from the site. He was clearly a troubled man.

It was the start of a US-Vietnam project to clean up dioxin, the toxic chemical left behind by Agent Orange, at a former American airbase in the central city of Da Nang.

Tinh stood next to a barbed wire fence that marked the boundary of the airbase near Da Nang International Airport. “Everybody is hopeful that the dioxin contamination will be over. I’m concerned it will continue to be here,” he told Vietweek.

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