Yo, Vietnam — Don’t Get Too Excited

August 9, 2012 at 7:05 PM Leave a comment

From the Department of I’ll Believe it When I See It

Via the London Independent:

US to Clean up Agent Orange in Vietnam

The US has begun a landmark project to clean up a dangerous chemical left from the defoliant Agent Orange, 50 years after American planes first sprayed it on Vietnam’s jungles to destroy enemy cover.

US Air Force planes spray the defoliant chemical Agent Orange over dense vegetation in South Vietnam in this 1966 file photo. (Image via CSMonitor.com)

Dioxin, which has been linked to cancer, 150,000 birth defects and other disabilities, will be removed from the site of a former US air base in Danang in central Vietnam.

The plan is to excavate 73,000 cubic metres of soil for it to be cleansed. The US has given about $60m for environmental restoration and social services in Vietnam since 2007, but this is its first direct involvement in cleaning up dioxin.

The Vietnamese people are supposed to believe the U.S. will bust ass to clean up their jungle when it’s still twiddling its thumbs around here?

I live five miles from this,

Study: Rocky Flats Area Still as Contaminated with Plutonium as 40 Years Ago

Yo, Vietnam.  Don’t get too excited.



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