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Herbicide mixing machine, C-123 aircraft, 1963. AP photo by Horst Faas.
“If I am only for myself, who am I?
And if not now, when?”
– The Prophet Hillel, ca. 10 BC
Meanwhile, the US and Vietnam have been struggling with the impact of Agent Orange on Vietnam more and more, as the science has improved; issues that previously preoccupied the two parties have been resolved; and Vietnam’s value as a US strategic asset has grown. The recent focus of American aid has been to support the remediation of dioxin hot spots, but if and when these areas are rendered harmless, the much larger issue of compensation for human victims might come to the fore.
Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Solutia Nitro Site (Formerly: Flexsys, Solutia, Monsanto) in Nitro, West Virginia.
Off-site contamination extends over 50 miles downstream through the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Rivers and into Saginaw Bay.
Agent Orange and other herbicides used in Vietnam were tested or stored elsewhere, including many military bases in the United States.