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U.S. and Vietnam begin joint cleanup of Agent Orange

U.S. and Vietnam begin joint cleanup of Agent Orange

POSTED: Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 7:30am

UPDATED: Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 7:34am

The United States and Vietnam began cleaning up Agent Orange at Danang Airport thursday. This is the first time the U.S. has been involved in cleaning up Agent Orange in Vietnam. The U.S. military sprayed up to 12 million gallons of the defoliant onto Vietnam's jungles during the years of the Vietnam War.

Dioxin, a toxic ingredient in Agent Orange, still lingers in soil and at the bottom of lakes and rivers, and can enter the food supply through fish and other animals. Dioxin has been linked to diabetes, cancer and other disabilities, it also causes defections in human genes and can pass on to later generations.

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