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Agent Orange

Facts About Agent Orange

  • Blend of herbicides US military used in Vietnam between 1962 - 1971
  • Millions of liters sprayed to destroy enemy cover
  • Dioxin TCDD was a byproduct of Agent Orange production and is classified as a human carcinogen
  • Dries quickly after spraying
  • Breaks down within hours, days, (if not bound to soil) when exposed to sunlight and is no longer harmful
  • Name derived from orange stripe on drums in which chemical was stored

Source: US Department of Veterans Affairs