August 10, 2012: The US Government Announces Agent Orange Cleanup Program In Vietnam

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On August 10, 2012, the United States government announced they would contribute to a clean up of the Agent Orange that it dumped on Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

The U.S. military had used the chemical compound during the war to kill trees and plants that blocked visibility. U.S. forces sprayed about12 million gallons of Agent Orange on southern Vietnam from 1961 to 1971. At the time, most military personnel, as well as the public, were told that the chemicals were harmless to people. In time, that was proven to be false. The chemical has proven to cause cancer, Parkinson’s, heart disease and birth defects.  An estimated one million people in Vietnam still have health problems stemming from Agent Orange.

On August 10, the U.S. and Vietnamese governments treated a contaminated zone at an airport

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