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Vietnam's Agent Orange cleanup enlists Japanese tech

Shimizu to build soil decontamination plant at polluted Bien Hoa air base

Danang air base, where the U.S. army stored the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, is one of many areas contaminated with toxins blamed for birth defects.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese engineering group Shimizu will work with Vietnam's military on an experimental plant that will decontaminate soil long polluted by the wartime defoliant Agent Orange.

The facility, to be built at Bien Hoa Air Base near Ho Chi Minh City, is supposed to remove more than 90% of dioxins from up to 40 tons of soil per hour. Materials for the plant will be imported from Japan, and Shimizu will bear the project costs.

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