International Dioxin Developments

May 31, 2015

U.N. and Viet Nam Announce Conclusion to Environmental Remediation Program

Viet Nam’s Office of National Steering Committee and the U.N. Development Programme (“UNDP”) in Viet Nam have announced that dioxin-contaminated soil has been removed from the Phu Cat airbase in the Binh Dinh province.

The project was implemented in 2010 with more than US$5 million, with the bulk from the Global Environment Facility (“GEF”) via UNDP (nearly US$5 million) and US$76,000 from the Czech Republic. The Phu Cat airbase has been removed from the dioxin hotspot list in Viet Nam.

Following Fire in Riverton City Dump in Jamaica, Politician Calls for Dioxin Tests

A fire at Kingston’s Riverton City Dump in Jamaica has led a local politician to ask to have residents in the area tested for dioxin.

Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation Councillor Delroy Williams was quoted by the Jamaica Observer as saying that, “Dioxins accumulate in the fat tissues of animals and humans, and pile up there for years. Therefore, let us not believe that because the fire has been extinguished, the health threat to our population is gone. This would be an unforgivable negligence.” Councillor Williams asked that the country’s Ministry of Health test people living near the fire and beyond for dioxin in their bodies, adding, “We would want to see if the levels decrease with distance from the dump.”

The Observer also said that Councillor Williams said that the Ministry of Health and the National Environment & Planning Agency (“NEPA”) should conduct tests to determine the levels of dioxin and other materials in drinking water and in foods such as meat, eggs, and dairy products.

Ontario Government Workers Allegedly Exposed to 2,4,5-T Begin Receiving Compensation

Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) has begun making payments to Ontario Ministry of Transportation workers who contended that they had suffered damages from exposure to  2,4,5-T-containing herbicide products reportedly used many years ago to remove brush from Ontario’s highways and railways.  2,4,5-T was discontinued around the world due to the presence of TCDD/dioxin in de minimis trace amounts.

The WSIB reportedly has received nearly 500 claims asserting such exposures.

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