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Hatfield Presents Results of Latest Agent Orange Research in Vietnam

The information stems from the Fourth Annual U.S. - Viet Nam Bilateral Joint Advisory Committee Meeting on Agent Orange/ Dioxin.
Agent Orange Storage Area Soil Sampling

(DA NANG, Vietnam) - Hatfield and the Government of Viet Nam presented the results of the Comprehensive Assessment of Dioxin Contamination in Da Nang Airport, Viet Nam: Environmental Levels, Human Exposure and Options for Mitigating Impacts study at the fourth annual U.S. - Viet Nam bilateral joint advisory committee meeting on Agent Orange/ dioxin on September 8th, 2009.

Following this presentation, Hatfield’s study was reported in the Chicago Tribune, by the AFP, and by the Associated Press (see links below).

Since 1994, Hatfield has undertaken a major toxic chemical management program in Viet Nam to assess and mitigate the impacts of Agent Orange dioxin on the environment and in the human population.

High levels of Agent Orange dioxin contamination recorded at the Da Nang Airport has made this site a priority study area for the Vietnamese and US Governments.

Over the last five years, Hatfield, with the support of the Office of the National Steering Committee 33, the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense and the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre (VRTC), has undertaken a comprehensive assessment of Agent Orange contamination in and around the Airport.

The assessment involved environmental and human tissue sampling and human health surveys. Based on study results, a number of mitigation measures have been recommended by Hatfield and Office 33 to reduce contaminant exposure before complete site remediation.

Hatfield’s work in this area has been recognized by the international community as the most comprehensive investigation of dioxin exposure in Vietnam.

Report Availability.

The number of requests for the Da Nang report has been overwhelming, as a result Hatfield Consultants will enable interested parties to download the complete report from the Hatfield site. Please visit:

Images from Vietnam that are related to Agent Orange.

A copy of the Comprehensive Assessment of Dioxin Contamination in Da Nang Airport, Viet Nam: Environmental Levels, Human Exposure and Options for Mitigating Impacts report will be available in early October on Hatfield's website.

To be notified when the report is available, subscribe to Hatfield's News RSS feed, or receive Hatfield news updates via email . Additional Information

To learn more about Hatfield’s Agent Orange investigations, visit Hatfield's web-page dedicated to Hatfield's ongoing Agent Orange projects.

To read recent articles about Hatfield’s Agent Orange investigations:

* AFP - US, Vietnam face Agent Orange legacy by Ian Timberlake (Sept 23, 2009)

* Chicago Tribune - Toxin in Agent Orange still polluting South Vietnam, study says by Jason Grotto (Sept 13, 2009)

* Associated Press - Survey: Dioxin levels high in Vietnam near US base by Ben Stocking (Sept 11, 2009)

Source: Hatfield Consultants (Hatfield), established in 1974, is a Canadian environmental consulting company that has undertaken over 1,500 projects in North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Hatfield provides services in the areas of environmental assessment and monitoring, contaminant monitoring, GIS and remote sensing, environmental information systems, aquatic ecology, and biodiversity assessments.

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ronald moody March 2, 2013 7:51 pm (Pacific time)

I have thyroid cancer had to have all mine I was told that it was same type of cancer you get from agent orange but the va hasn't agreed with it yet lots of vet have this cancer we could use some help thank you Ron moody

Ron, let's get this into email, you can reach me at, I would be glad to help and have many resources, thanks!

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