Microbial technology proves useful for dioxin detoxification

Readers were moved by what the writer witnessed during a visit to Vietnam. The story was about the unfortunate lives of two war veterans Pham Van San in the northern province of Bac Giang and Nguyen Thanh Son in Hanoi as well as disabled children in Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City and in Hoa Binh Village in Hanoi. The writer said that although the war ended 34 years ago but its left-over heritage is horrendous with 3 million AO victims. Dioxin contaminated land, causing gene mutations in humans which turn into cancer and deformities that will affect many Vietnamese generations to come. The newspaper not only condemned the savage crimes carried out by the American imperialists but also expressed sympathy with the unfortunate victims and praised their strong belief in life. For instance, Nguyen Thanh Tung is blind but has graduated from two music schools in Hanoi. He is always optimistic about his future, saying that “my life is wonderful.” Together with activities to support AO victims in Germany, the newspaper called upon more people to support the struggle for justice for Vietnamese AO victims.... [read more]

The remarks were made by Christian Jacob, Chairman of the French Parlimentary Commission on Sustainable Development and Territorial Planning, during a meeting the same day with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai. “French agencies will work with Vietnam to treat dioxin-contaminated land and make it cultivable again,” he said. The French MP also noted that more international support is needed so Vietnam can deal with problems arising from climate change, the consequences of which have already been felt by the country. Jacob is leading a delegation from the French Parliament on a visit to Vietnam to prepare for the 8th meeting of the Vietnam-France Economic and Financial Forum which is scheduled to be held in Ha Long City in Quang Ninh province this November. Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai told the French official that Vietnam is targeting energy conservation and a diversification of its energy sources, especially renewable ones. Vietnam has conducted pilot programmes to develop solar power and energy from wind and biomass sources, Hai said. He also noted that the domestic transportation sector has gradually improved and narrowed the gap between current standards of environmental protection and energy efficiency applied to registered vehicles and international standards. The economic and financial forum between Vietnam and France this year will focus on energy, the reduction of greenhouse gases, the efficient and sustainable use of energy sources and instigate joint efforts to deal with climate change.... [read more]

During the Vietnam War, Danang airport was one of the key airbases where US military stored defoliants containing lethal dioxin to be loaded on to aircraft to spay over southern Vietnam. The landmark US$84 million project funded by the US Government is aimed at cleaning up 73,000 cubic metres of dioxin –contaminated land. Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh highlighted the great significance of the project saying that it shows proper attention and demonstrates the invaluable support from the US and Senator Leahy in assisting Vietnam in addressing post-war issues. “This opens up a whole new world of opportunities to enhance bilateral ties,” he added. Cleaning dioxin-contaminated land means eliminating threats to people’s lives and creating economic opportunities, he said.... [read more]

As planned, the phase will treat about the remaining 45,000 cu.m of dioxin contaminated land and mud in the airport, benefiting locals and contributing to further promoting the bilateral ties between Vietnam and the US. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh stressed that the event shows tireless efforts of Vietnamese and US authorised agencies in accelerating the project implementation towards completing dioxin detoxification in Da Nang, thus cleaning the soil and ensuring safety for local residents’ health and daily activities. Vinh, who is also head of the Defence Ministry’s department for handling Agent Orange/dioxin consequences, revealed that the ministry has worked closely with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to complete an environmental assessment project in Bien Hoa airport in the southern province of Dong Nai. The findings have been submitted to the Government for considering the making of detail detoxification plans, he added. Da Nang International Airport is a dioxin “hot spot” with the high level of contamination in its soil after the war. With the approval of the Vietnamese Prime Minister in 2011, USAID and the Defence Ministry have worked together to remove dioxin from the airport. The project aims to use the thermal treatment system to clean up 90,000 cu.m of contaminated soil and mud. By May this year, the two governments announced that half of the target was fulfilled in the first phase. The second phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2017.... [read more]

PM promises best support to fisheries sector The Government will issue a decree offering more support to the country's fisheries sector, putting it on a fast and sustainable road to growth, PM Nguyen Tan Dung has promised. Speaking at a conference on the development of the seafood industry in the central city of Da Nang on April 15, PM Dung called for closer State management and better policies, particularly in credit, insurance, export and infrastructure, for fishermen. He said new partnerships should come up, such as cooperatives and trade unions, in order to create a value chain. The Government will do its best to facilitate trade and expand the seafood market, he confirmed. VN establishes fisheries surveillance force Viet Nam has set up a fisheries suveillance force (FSF) to ensure the fishing law enforcement at sea.The force is also tasked to monitor and manage fisheries resources in a sustainable manner, as well as ensuring safety for vessels and fishermen. The force made debut in the central coast city of Da Nang on April 15 at a ceremony held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development(MARD). VN withdraws hosting of ASIAD PM Nguyen Tan Dung has decided to withdraw from hosting the 18th Asian Games (ASIAD-18), which is slated for Ha Noi in 2019, according to the Prime Minister's Office on April 17. The Office released the conclusion on the hosting of ASIAD-18 of the PM who assigned relevant agencies to work with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and…... [read more]

VGP - Vietnamese Deputy Defense Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh and US Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy on Saturday launched a thermal treatment system of a dioxin remediation project at Da Nang airport. The US$84 million project funded by the US Government is aimed at cleaning up 73,000 cubic meters of dioxin -contaminated land in the central city. Addressing the launching ceremony, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh highlighted the great significance of the project. The event showed the due attention and invaluable support of the US in general and Senator Leahy in particular in assisting Viet Nam in resolving post-war issues. The project demonstrates the commitment of the United States to backing the Southeast Asian country Vietnam in surmounting the consequences of the war. The Da Nang Airport is referred to as a dioxin "hot spot", together with several sites in other provinces such as Bien Hoa in Dong Nai, due to the high levels of dioxin in the soil./. By Kim Loan... [read more]

VGP - Vietnamese Deputy Defense Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh and US Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy on Saturday launched a thermal treatment system of a dioxin remediation project at Da Nang airport. The US$84 million project was funded by the US Government and aimed at cleaning up 73,000 cubic meters of dioxin -contaminated land in the central city. Addressing the launching ceremony, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh highlighted the great significance of the project. The event showed the due attention and invaluable support of the US in general and Senator Leahy in particular in assisting Viet Nam in resolving post-war issues. The project demonstrates the commitment of the United States to backing the Southeast Asian country Vietnam in surmounting the consequences of the war. The Da Nang Airport is referred to as a dioxin "hot spot", together with several sites in other provinces such as Bien Hoa in Dong Nai, due to the high levels of dioxin in the soil./. By Kim Loan... [read more]

Frost expected again in the north Several mountainous localities are expected to be covered in frost in the coming days as a strong cold spell is striking the northern region. The cold front is moving towards the northern delta, causing temperatures to drop to 10-12 degrees Celsius at night. Snow brought the traffic to a standstill in Lao Cai province in December 2013 It will also bring strong winds and rains to the northern region. Highlanders will feel damp chill as of February 19, as night temperatures are forecast to plummet to 3-5 degrees Celsius. The cold spell will last till the end of the week, according to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre. Road users, especially car drivers, are warned about traffic accidents on provincial and national roads in the north-western region as towns and districts are shrouded in a thick blanket of fog. New urban authority model designed for HCM City A pilot project to better the operation of the Ho Chi Minh City authorities has been built, towards facilitating the city to fully tap its potential and resources to promote its socio-economic development in the future. The contents of the project were discussed at a meeting in the city on February 17, co-chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the municipal Party Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai. This is the last official meeting to give opinions on the project, which is scheduled to be presented to the Political Bureau by the Government on March 13 before…... [read more]

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) has proposed to verify large-scaled projects besides the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to ensure environmental safety. During a television show called "People ask, ministers answer," aired on February 16, Minister Nguyen Quan was asked about water pollution in both rural areas and cities. This is suspected to be one of the reasons cancer rates in Vietnam are high and on the rise. The responsibility of the MST was questioned, especially whether it collaborates with other agencies such as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Quan answered, "Even though the Prime Minister assigned the job to build a system for environmental protection to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, we were still asked to participate and contribute our opinions. When designing and drafting laws concerning the sciences and technology, the National Assembly gave us some responsibility in assessing the environmental impacts of big projects, including FDI projects. We hope the water pollution problem will decrease in near future." He went on to say that the MST has a responsibility to support other agencies, individuals and organisations on environmental research. Recently, they provided support for Hanoi National University, whose research on removal of arsenic and manganese in underground water was published. The ministry also gave support to Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology in a project to deal with dioxin contaminated land. Quan said the project is being implemented on a large-scale, and hopes that they will be able to remove…... [read more]

Harsh sentences for human trafficking criminals The People's Court of southern Tay Ninh province on December 25 handed jail terms totalling 48 years to nine persons for trafficking of women to China. The harshest, 10 years, was given to the head of the ring Nguyen Thi Binh, born in 1961 in northern Bac Giang province. The court also ordered them to pay more than 50 million VND to the State fund. According to the indictment from the local People's Procuracy, Binh and her accomplices were caught red-handed on July 12 trying to bring two girls to China to sell to local men. They told the police that since the ring was established in 2012, they had successfully lured 18 women and sent them to the neighbouring country illegally. The same day, the People's Court of central Quang Nam province also ordered Nguyen Sa Ry, born in 1957 in An Giang province, to spend 20 years in jail for trafficking women and children.- Woman dies in Ha Noi house fire A woman was killed in a fire that broke out in a house on Tran Dang Ninh Street, Ha Noi's Cau Giay District yesterday morning. Officials said the fire started on the second floor and then spread rapidly to the rest of the house. The fire was brought under control after nearly 30 minutes. Fortunately, the neighbouring houses were not affected. A neighbour on the scene said the victim, 60, had suffered a stroke that had left her paralysed for many…... [read more]




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