August 10th, 2012
01:55 AM ET

U.S. in first effort to clean up Agent Orange in Vietnam

The United States has pitched in for the first time to clean up part of the toxic legacy left by the millions of gallons of the chemical compound code named Agent Orange that it dumped on Vietnam during the war there in the 1960s and '70s.

The U.S. military used Agent Orange, also known as dioxin, to kill trees and plants that blocked visibility from the air during the Vietnam War. But the chemical, which can cause cancer and birth defects, also harmed humans and left areas of Vietnam contaminated.

In an effort to start addressing this noxious remnant of the war, the U.S. and Vietnamese governments, along with partnering organizations, are treating a contaminated zone at the airport of the central Vietnamese city of Danang.

Workers will dig up soil, stockpile it, and treat it using high temperatures that break down the dioxin.


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  1. Philip

    about drug free therapy
    no pharmaceuticals allowed
    pharmaceuticals are drugs
    many are duplicates of street drugs
    if they told you yer bi polar...
    ...and yew bin drugged for years
    check yer liver closey 2nd opinion
    if it's 76% toast, so are you.
    sorry 'bout that you bi-polar
    drug free therapy ain't your thang

    August 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Agent Pewter and friends

    Good evening. And welcome to Agent Pewter and friends.
    Here's my friend Zylon and his lovely significant other Zylon-B! And look! It's Agent bwown! "my scotty huets. poo poo owie pee pee"
    ...and now, a woid frum are spawnsah.
    Are you tired of that gawd awful stench Zylon leaves behind scorched jewish women? Try new Zylon-B, the worlds first odorless non-natural gas. Brought to you by the patenters of 'Heroin' and other fine products like Bayer Aspirin.
    And now, your ignorance please. (bow)

    August 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I wonder if a man who drinks to excess has the same liver damage as a person who has migraines but doesn't take tylenol?
    Ah, who cares?
    I don't have any men who drink to excess in my life, nor anyone who takes tylenol for I guess I wonder for naught.
    Early morning ramblings, I suppose.

    August 11, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
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