The History, Use, Disposition And Environmental Fate Of Agent Orange

Hardcover | April 28, 2009

byAlvin Lee Young

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For almost four decades, controversy has surrounded the tactical use of herbicides in Southeast Asia by the United States military. Few environmental or occupational health issues have received the sustained international attention that has been focused on Agent Orange, the major tactical herbicide deployed in Southern Vietnam. With the opening and establishment of normal relations between the United States and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1995, the time has come for a thorough re-examination of the military use of Agent Orange and other "tactical herbicides" in Southern Vietnam, and the subsequent actions that have been taking place since their use in Vietnam.The United States Department of Defense has had the major role in all military operations involving the use of tactical herbicides, including that of Agent Orange. This included the Department's purchase, shipment and tactical use of herbicides in Vietnam, its role in the disposition of Agent Orange after Vietnam, its role in conducting long-term epidemiological investigations of the men of Operation RANCH HAND, and its sponsorship of ecological and environmental fate studies. This book was commissioned by The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment) with the intent of providing documentation of the knowledge on the history, use, disposition and environmental fate of Agent Orange and its associated dioxin.

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For almost four decades, controversy has surrounded the tactical use of herbicides in Southeast Asia by the United States military. Few environmental or occupational health issues have received the sustained international attention that has been focused on Agent Orange, the major tactical herbicide deployed in Southern Vietnam. With th...

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For almost four decades, controversy has surrounded the tactical use of herbicides in Southeast Asia by the United States military.  Few environmental or occupational health issues have received the sustained international attention that has been focused on Agent Orange, the major tactical herbicide deployed in Southern Vietnam.  With ...

For 40 years, Dr. Alvin L. Young has collected documents, reports, and photographs on the use, disposition, and environmental fate of Agent Orange and other tactical herbicides used in the Vietnam War.  He has published or edited four books and more than 70 peer reviewed publications, commentaries, and editorials on the herbicides (and...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:357 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:April 28, 2009Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387874852

ISBN - 13:9780387874852

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgement.- Brief Biographical Sketch.- Vietnam and the Agent Orange Controversy Revisited.- A History of the Development and Procurement of Tactical Herbicides.- The Military Use of Tactical Herbicides in Vietnam.- Removal from Vietnam and Final Disposition of Agent Orange.- Agent Orange and Its Dioxin Contamination.- The Testing of Aerial Spray Equipment, and Ecological Impacts of the Programs at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.- Monitoring Studies of Former Agent Orange Storage Sites in Mississippi and Johnston Island.- Agent Orange and Dioxin Remediation and the Return to Vietnam.- Postlude.

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From the reviews:"This book is a distillation of thousands of pages of written government and scientific documents, oral histories, spraying records, medical records, and pictures and is organized into eight chapters . . Young presents a dispassionate review, a feat difficult for anyone who touches this sensitive topic and especially laudable for an author who has devoted a major portion of his professional career to the subject over 40 years. . Thank you, Dr. Young, for this much-needed book."­­­ (Mitchell D. Erickson, Environmental Sciences and Pollution Research, Vol. 17, March, 2010)