Clean and Contained
A Joint U.S.—Vietnamese Project Tackles an Agent Orange Hot Spot
During the Vietnam War, the United States sprayed more than 10 million gallons (37.9 million liters) of the toxic herbicide mixture Agent Orange. The tactic used in Vietnam between 1961 and 1971 was part of an effort to destroy the forest cover and food crops of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops. The U.S. government began to make amends in the 2000s, working with the Vietnamese government to clean up contaminated sites. Now, agencies from the two governments are embarking on the largest-ever Agent Orange cleanup.