2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2009 11:58:32 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] GLOBAL: Agent Orange in Vietnam - new report
Toxin in Agent Orange still polluting South Vietnam, study says

By Jason Grotto
Chicago Tribune
September 13, 2009

HANOI, Vietnam

-- Results from a new study show that herbicides used by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War continue to pollute the environment and pose a health threat more than three decades after the last shots were fired.

Between 1961 and 1971, the U.S. military released more than 19 million gallons of herbicides in South Vietnam to destroy enemy crops and deny an elusive adversary cover by defoliating dense mangrove forests and triple canopy jungles.

What few knew at the time was that some of the herbicides contained a highly toxic form of dioxin, known as TCDD. The toxin was an unintended byproduct created while manufacturing mixtures such as Agent Orange, the most widely used of a handful of herbicides contaminated with TCDD.

Environmental scientists from a Canadian firm last week presented the findings from the study, which documents that high levels of TCDD from the herbicides still contaminate soil inside a former U.S. airbase in Da Nang as well as sediment from a lake that abuts it.


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