Agent orange and the war in vietnam

Dioxin buried or leached under the surface or deep in the sediment of rivers and other bodies of water can have a half-life of more than years. Dioxin is a highly persistent chemical compound that lasts for many years in the environment, particularly in soil, lake and river sediments and in the food chain.

We never considered a scenario in which our own personnel would become contaminated with the herbicide. Ina group of Vietnamese citizens filed a class-action lawsuit against more than Agent orange and the war in vietnam chemical companies, including the same ones that settled with U.

Most human exposure is through foods such as meats, poultry, dairy products, eggs, shellfish and fish. Researchers used these levels to estimate dioxin in herbicides sprayed in Vietnam. Stellman estimated kg, Gough kg, Young kg and Westing kg. The effects of dioxin exposure on human health and particularly indirect effects on unborn generations continue to be controversial subjects today.

Dioxin accumulates in fatty tissue in the bodies of fish, birds and other animals. Agent Orange was the most widely used herbicide in Vietnam, and the most potent. The suit, which sought billions of dollars worth of damages, claimed that Agent Orange and its poisonous effects left a legacy of health problems and that its use constituted a violation of international law.

The dioxin contaminant however continues to have harmful impact today. In addition to Agent Orange, the U. Supreme Court confirmed the settlement in The controversy over Agent Orange and its effects has persisted for more than four decades. However some soils at three of the former military bases did have very high concentrations of dioxin.

Existing stocks were collected and destroyed by incineration, and it is no longer used. Dioxins are also created from trash incineration; burning gas, oil and coal; cigarette smoking and in different manufacturing processes such as bleaching. Soil samples have now been analyzed from both the areas that were heavily sprayed and the former American military bases where Agent Orange and other chemicals were stored and handled.

InPresident George H. Sign up for our email newsletter. Large tracts of that land remain degraded and unproductive to this day. Additionally, dioxin is linked to type 2 diabetes, immune system dysfunction, nerve disorders, muscular dysfunction, hormone disruption and heart disease.

Production of Agent Orange ended in the s and is no longer in use. It defoliated millions of acres of forests and farmland. Short-term exposure to dioxin can cause darkening of the skin, liver problems and a severe acne-like skin disease called chloracne.

After its use in the s, Agent Orange was banned by the U. Estimates of the amount of dioxin in the herbicides vary because each manufacturer and each batch of 2,4,5-T had different levels of the dioxin contaminant.

Agent Orange was sprayed at up to 20 times the concentration the manufacturers recommended for killing plants. Much of it contained a dangerous chemical contaminant called dioxin.

More than 45 million litres It is a persistent organic pollutant that contaminated Agent Orange and some of the other color-coded herbicides when the production of one of their components 2,4,5-T was accelerated during wartime. Air Force aerial spraying program, Operation Hades later renamed Operation Ranch Handtook place from January until Februarylargely from C cargo planes, which accounted for 95 percent of the herbicides sprayed.

The production of Agent Orange was halted in the s. About 60 percent of the herbicides used in Vietnam was Agent Orange.

What is Agent Orange?

What Is Agent Orange? It was found in varying concentrations in all the different herbicides used in Vietnam. The chemical dioxin in Agent Orange can remain toxic in the soil for decades. Sun will break down dioxin, so on leaf and soil surfaces it will last 1—3 years, depending on conditions.

Agent Orange

However, because the material was to be used on the enemy, none of us were overly concerned. Studies done on laboratory animals have proven that dioxin is highly toxic even in minute doses. Developing fetuses are particularly sensitive to dioxin, which is also linked to miscarriages, spina bifida and other problems with fetal brain and nervous system development.

Millions of Americans and Vietnamese are still affected, directly and indirectly, by the wartime U. Various challenges to the settlement followed, including lawsuits filed by some veterans, before the U.Information on diseases VA has recognized are related to Veterans' exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service, Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses.

Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Home; Gulf War Service VA presumes certain birth defects in children of Vietnam and Korea Veterans are associated with Veterans' qualifying. VA disability compensation benefits for eligible Veterans for diseases resulting from exposure to Agent Orange skip to page content maintained, or served onboard C aircraft (known to have been used to spray an herbicide agent during the Vietnam era).

Veterans who were crew members on C planes flown after the Vietnam War. May 12,  · More than 40 years after the American military used Agent Orange in the Vietnam War, the chemical still casts a long shadow over the Vietnamese and the American veterans who fought there.

Exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam For the purposes of VA compensation benefits, Veterans who served anywhere in Vietnam between January 9, and May 7, are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, as specified in. Agent Orange was a herbicide mixture used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.

Much of it contained a dangerous chemical contaminant called dioxin. Production of Agent Orange ended in the s and is no longer in use.

The dioxin contaminant however continues to have harmful impact today. As many mint-body.comm-era veterans know. Agent Orange was a powerful herbicide used by U.S.

military forces during the Vietnam War to eliminate forest cover and crops for North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops. The U.S. program, codenamed.

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