For the first time since the Vietnam War ended in 1975, the U.S. is launching an effort to clean up Agent Orange contamination. The project is targeting the airport in the central city of Danang. The U.S. military once sprayed millions of gallons of the toxic plant-killer in Vietnamese jungles, to deprive the enemy of cover. An estimated 150,000 children have been born with severe birth defects blamed on Agent Orange, and millions of adults have been affected, too, according to the Vietnamese government. The clean-up is "a little late," says Agent Orange Victims Association Vice Chairman Tran Xuan Thu, but it's still "greatly appreciated."
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