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US embarks on Agent Orange clean-up in Vietnam

US embarks on Agent Orange clean-up in Vietnam

Updated 29 February 2012, 10:55 AEDT

It is 50 years since US forces first used the chemical defoliant known as Agent Orange in Vietnam.

Designed to destroy forest cover being used by the conmmunist forces, the dioxin has also left a long and poisonous legacy, causing birth defects in children born long after the war ended.

But it took until June this year for the United States to begin a project to clean up some of Vietnam's worst contaminated sites.

Presenter: Bill Bainbridge

Speakers: Nguyen Thanh Son, former soldier; Chuck Searcy, Vietnam veteran and International Advisor, Project Renew; Phung Tuu Boi, Director, Vietnam Forestry Science and Technology Association; Virginia Palmer, Deputy Chief of Mission US Embassy in Hanoi

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