Archive for the ‘dioxin’ Category

US actor Tea Leoni meets Vietnam’s Agent Orange victims

March 6, 2008

HANOI, (AFP) – Hollywood star Tea Leoni, visiting Vietnam as a UNICEF ambassador, on Thursday kicked off a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of children suffering disabilities linked to Agent Orange.
Hollywood star Tea Leoni, visiting Vietnam as a UNICEF ambassador, ... 
Hollywood star Tea Leoni, visiting Vietnam as a UNICEF ambassador, on Thursday kicked off a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of children suffering disabilities linked to Agent Orange.

Leoni this week visited Vietnamese families and health centres with children suffering birth defects linked to dioxin, the highly toxic chemical in the defoliant that the US military sprayed here during the Vietnam war.

In the United States “the public, I think, is not aware of some of the specific dioxin issues,” the 42-year-old star of “Deep Impact” and “Jurassic Park 3” told a Hanoi media briefing ending her five-day visit.

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U.S. And Vietnam Take Steps To Contain Agent Orange Contamination At Old U.S. Air Base

February 2, 2008

HANOI, VIETNAM — (AP) — More than three decades after the Vietnam War, the United States and Vietnam have just completed temporary steps to contain dioxin contamination at a former U.S. air base in Danang.

But the U.S. government, as well as U.S. foundations and corporations, should contribute more money to clean up the site permanently, members of a joint U.S.-Vietnamese working group on Agent Orange said Friday (1 Feb).

It will cost at least US$14 million to remove dioxin from the site, one of several Agent Orange “hot spots” in Vietnam, said the panel members, who are experts on the environmental, health and political consequences of the herbicide.

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