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In the past decade there has been slow but steady progress to address the impacts of Agent Orange in Vietnam by the US government.  

2000 - Meeting between US and Vietnamese scientist held in Singapore to explore the possibility of launching a joint research program to study the human and environmental health effects of Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War.

2002 - US-Vietnam conference on Human Health and Environmental Effects of Agent Orange/Dioxins held in Hanoi. An MOU on Scientific cooperation was signed.

2002-2005 - US National Institute of Environmental and Health Science (NIEHS) sends several delegations to Vietnam and hosted Vietnamese scientists in the US to negotiate a joint research project on the possible relationship between Agent Orange and birth defects. The research project was cancelled by NIEHS when both sides were unable to reach agreement on the research protocols.

2003  - The first US-Viet Nam workshop on remediation of dioxin was held. A second workshop on remediation techniques was held in Hanoi in August 2005 co-sponsored by the US Department of Defense and the Viet Nam Ministry of Defense. 

2005 - The US EPA, the Vietnam Ministry of Defense and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) began a project to measure dioxin in soil at the Da Nang airbase, the US also donated a gas chromatograph / mass spectrometer (GC/MS) valued at $500,000 to VAST and provided training to use the equipment.

2006 - The Joint Advisory Committee on Agent Orange made up of US and Vietnamese government officials and experts held its first meeting to explore areas of scientific cooperation, technical assistance and environmental remediation of dioxin hotspots. A second meting was held in 2007, with the third meeting held in September 2008.

November 2006 - President Bush and Vietnam’s President Triet declared in their Joint Statement that “further joint efforts to address the environmental contamination near former dioxin storage sites would make a valuable contribution to the continued development of their bilateral relations.” 

May 2007 - US Congress allocated $3 million to address remediation of dioxin hotspots in Vietnam and to support public health programs in the surrounding communities.

2008 - USAID puts out a request for proposals for the first installment of the congressional allocation for programs to address the public health needs of those living around the Da Nang Dioxin hotspot. Three US Non-governmental organizations are awarded grants totaling $1 million.

2009:  - US Congress allocated an additional $3 million  address the impact of Agent Orange/Dioxin in Vietnam. In September 2009 the fourth meeting of the Joint Advisory Group was held in Hanoi agreeing to set up a health task force to gather information on the adverse health effects of dioxin in Viet Nam.  USAID awards $1.69 million contract for the dioxin work at the Da Nang airbase to CDM International.  Congress allocated an additional $3 million to address the impacts of Agent Orange in Vietnam in the FY2010 Foreign Operations bill.

US Embassy Press Releases Regarding Agent Orange

Environmental Health and Remediation Memorandum of Understanding Signed December 16, 2009


United States Government Provides $1.69 Million to Prepare for Agent Orange/Dioxin Removal in Danang October 1, 2009

U.S., Vietnam to Hold Fourth Joint Advisory Meeting on Agent Orange/Dioxin  August 12, 2009

U.S. Officials Engage on Issues Related to Agent Orange Jun 5, 2009

United States Doubles Funding for Environmental Health and Remediation in Vietnam May 29, 2009

Press Conference: Agent Orange/Dioxin Joint Advisory Committee Results September 16, 2008

Press Conference by Deputy Secretary John D. Negroponte - September 12, 2008

Three U.S.-Funded Activities to Promote Better Health, More Jobs for the Disabled Launched in Danang - October 29, 2008

Three U.S. Grants Enhance Health and Create Jobs for the Disabled in Danang - October 1, 2008

Joint Office 33-U.S. Embassy Press Release On the scheduling of the next Joint Advisory Committee Meeting July 2, 2008

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Michael Michalak Meets with Vietnamese and American Members of the “Dialogue Group” to Discuss Dioxin Remediation Efforts - February 1, 2008

United States and Vietnam Hold Second Joint Advisory Committee Meeting on Agent Orange/Dioxin - August 17, 2007

U.S. Professor Gives Presentation on Ecological Study of Agent Orange - June, 22, 2007

U.S. Department of Defense and Vietnam’s Ministry of Defense Conduct Second Dioxin Remediation Workshop  - June 20, 2007


Transcript of the House Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Global Environment: Agent Orange: What Efforts Are Being Made To Address The Continuing Impact Of Dioxin In Vietnam?  Witness Testimony 

Congressional Research Service Report. Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange and U.S.-Vietnam Relations”  Michael Martin, May 2009

Transcript of the House Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Global Environment: Our Forgotten Responsibility: What can we do to Help Victims of Agent Orange  May 15, 2008.

Joint Statement between President Bush and President Nguyen Minh Triet - November 17, 2006

Veterans Administration Agent Orange Information http://www.va.gov/agentorange

Summary of Available Information on Use, Testing and Storage  of Dioxin Containing Herbicides. From Department of Defense to Representative Lane Evans

Additional DOD Information on use of herbicides outside of Vietnam

National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences/US-Vietnam Cooperative Research Program

Memorandum of Understanding on Joint Dioxin Research

US Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam unclassified Memo on Agent Orange













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