Hatfield Agent Orange Work in the News

This page lists the media coverage for Hatfield Consultants’ studies on Agent Orange in Viet Nam.

Press Articles and Radio Interviews

  1. PBS News HourWill U.S. stay committed to toxic Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam? by Mike Cerre (November 10, 2017)
  2. Scientific AmericanIs Agent Orange Still Causing by Charles Schmidt (March 16, 2016)
  3. Thanhnien NewsWartime poisons persist in Bien Hoa by An Dien (June 24, 2011)
  4. Associated PressVietnam begins 1st phase of Agent Orange cleanup by the Associated Press (June 17, 2011)
  5. Thanhnien NewsVietnam War legacy continues to poison humans, livestock by An Dien (April 14, 2011)
  6. The California ReportA Haunted Landscape by K. Oanh Ha (November 24, 2010)
  7. Voice of AmericaVietnamese Still Exposed to Deadly Chemicals Decades After War by Jim Stevenson (September 5, 2010)
  8. Associated Press$300 million needed for Agent Orange in Vietnam by Margie Mason (June 16, 2010)
  9. Los Angeles TimesFindings point new path for dealing with Vietnam War’s poisonous legacy by Jason Grotto (January 3, 2010)
  10. Washington MonthlyThe Agent Orange Boomerang – A dark legacy of the Vietnam War is creating a whole new set of problems (January/February 2010)
  11. Time MagazineAgent Orange Poisons New Generations in Vietnam by Martha Ann Overland (December 19, 2009)
  12. Veterans TodayAgent Orange Continues to Poison New Generations in Vietnam (December 17, 2009)
  13. Chicago TribuneAgent Orange’s lethal legacy: At former U.S. bases in Vietnam, a potent poison is clear and present danger by Jason Grotto (December 9, 2009)
  14. Chicago Tribune Special CoverageAgent Orange – A lethal legacy – a five-part series by Jason Grotto (December 4 – 17, 2009)
  15. Thanh Nien DailyStudy seeks way forward on Da Nang dioxin by Jon Dillingham (November 27, 2009)
  16. AFP Step forward for Agent Orange clean-up effort in Vietnam (October 1, 2009)
  17. AFP US, Vietnam face Agent Orange legacy by Ian Timberlake (September 23, 2009)
  18. Chicago TribuneToxin in Agent Orange still polluting South Vietnam, study says by Jason Grotto (September 13, 2009)
  19. Associated PressSurvey: Dioxin levels high in Vietnam near US base by Ben Stocking (September 11, 2009)
  20. Thanh Nien DailyChemical companies, US authorities knew dangers of Agent Orange by Jon Dillingham (August 10, 2009)
  21. Thanh Nien DailyUS govt., chemical firms disregard science on Agent Orange by Jon Dillingham (August 9, 2009)
  22. Thanh Nien DailyUS needs to better steer Agent Orange aid in right direction by Jon Dillingham (August 8, 2009)
  23. Thanh Nien DailyActivists blast Agent Orange hypocrisy, renew justice appeal by by Jon Dillingham (August 3, 2009)
  24. Business in Vancouver B.C. companies helping clean up toxic remnants of Vietnam War – By Curt Cherewayko (August 19, 2008)
  25. Globe and MailA Clockwork Orange – Chemical Warfare: ‘Last Ghost’ Of The Vietnam War – By Geoffrey York and Hayley Mick (July 12, 2008)
  26. CBC RadioTom Boivin interviewed by Shelagh Rogers on Sounds Like Canada (February 15, 2008)
  27. VietNamNet BridgeDa Nang to be free of dioxin in 2008 (February 15, 2008)
  28. The New York Times“Scientist at Work – Phung Tuu Boi: Through the Forest, a Clearer View of the Needs of a People” By Christie Aschwanden (September 18, 2007)
  29. Environmental News Network“Generations Later, Toxic Legacy of Agent Orange Lives on in Vietnam” By Ben Stocking, Associated Press (June 15, 2007)
  30. North Shore News“W. Van Researchers Track Agent Orange in Viet Nam” By Andy Prest (May 2, 2007)
  31. Vancouver Sun“America’s Toxic Legacy” By Don Cayo (April 30, 2007)
  32. This Magazine“Collateral Damage” By Chris Arsenault (March – April 2006)
  33. Global National TV – “A Toxic Legacy” Dr. Dwernychuk was interviewed on Hatfield’s Viet Nam research and the Camp Gagetown contamination in New Brunswick. (September 21 and 22, 2005)
  34. Newsday (New York)“U.S., Vietnam still at odds” By Andrew Metz (August 1, 2005)
  35. The Fredericton Daily Gleaner (New Brunswick)“Dioxin testing complex, scientists say.” By Joel O’Kane (July 15, 2005)
  36. Shaw.ca National News (The Canadian Press)“Agent Orange controversy in N.B. sparks wider concerns about toxic sprays.” By Chris Morris (July 9, 2005)
  37. The Fredericton Daily Gleaner (New Brunswick)“Agent Orange contaminants linger – expert” – article on Agent Orange use at CFB Gagetown. By Joel O’Kane (June 23, 2005)
  38. CKNW Radio (Vancouver, BC) – Dr. Wayne Dwernychuk provided insights on Agent Orange and Agent Purple as they relate to CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick. A suspected victim of the spraying on the base in the 1960s provided comments on his family’s medical problems. (June 22, 2005)
  39. Debates of the Senate of the Government of Canada (Hansard)“Gagetown Testing of Agent Orange and Agent Purple”. 1st Session, 38th Parliament, Volume 142, Issue 71 (June 15, 2005)
  40. CBC News (Canada)“Toxic herbicide could still be on army base, scientist says.” – Dr. Wayne Dwernychuk provided interviews to CBC News on the spraying of toxic herbicides by the US military at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New Brunswick, in the 1960s. (June 15, 2005). Also: Background on Agent Orange and Agent Purple at CFB Gagetown
  41. CKNW Radio (Vancouver, BC) – Dr. Wayne Dwernychuk was interviewed regarding the Agent Orange issue in New Brunswick. (June 15, 2005)
  42. The Fredericton Daily Gleaner (New Brunswick) – “Agent Orange one of the world’s most toxic: Effects of chemical linger for decades” – article on Agent Orange related to the testing of defoliants at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown by the US military in 1966. By Joel O’Kane (June 8, 2005)
  43. Far Eastern Economic Review – “Agent Provacateur” – a review of a new book “Agent Orange: Collateral Damage in Vietnam” by photographer Philip Jones Griffiths. The book of images depicts birth defects and health issues of the Vietnamese people which are suspected to be related to exposure to Agent Orange. By Colin Pantall (February 5, 2004). More information: http://www.digitaljournalist.org/issue0401/griffiths.html
  44. The Connection (A publication of Connecticut Greater Hartford Chapter 120 – Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.) – Comments by Hatfield Consultants Ltd. addressing the Stellman et al. publication in Nature (April 2003) on the reassessment of herbicide spray records from the Ranch Hand operation during the Vietnam War. (August 2003)
  45. Chemical & Engineering News – “Dioxin In Vietnam Remain High. By Bette Hileman (July 14, 2003)
  46. Asia Times – “A little bit of help, for some”. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EG11Ak03.html By Katrin Dauenhauer (June 11, 2003)
  47. The Toronto Globe and Mail – “And you thought the war was over. By Heather Mallick (June 7, 2003)
  48. BBC World Service Radio – “The World News”. Dr. Wayne Dwernychuk was interviewed regarding Hatfield’s findings on the longevity of dioxin (from Agent Orange) in the soils of Viet Nam, and the passage of dioxin up the food chain to humans. (April 16, 2003)
  49. BBC World Service Radio – “East Asia Today”. Dr. Wayne Dwernychuk was interviewed regarding Hatfield’s work in Viet Nam, and how the conflict in Iraq may be similar to certain aspects of the Viet Nam War. (April 11, 2003)
  50. The Guardian (UK) – “Spectre Orange. By Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy. (March 29, 2003)
  51. North Vancouver Outlook – “Going into the Chapel”. By Don Fiorrento (October 31, 2002)
  52. Vietnam News – “Bombs continue to claim lives in peacetime”. August 23, 2002
  53. Vietnam News – “American activist sees red over Agent Orange inertia”. August 21, 2002
  54. Mother Jones – “A Toxic Burden. By George Sanchez (June 2002)
  55. National Radio Project – “Collateral Damage? The Toxic Legacy of War”. The non-profit National Radio Project based in the Oakland, California aired a radio program discussing the toxic legacy of war and some impacts of war on the environment and human health. It featured interviews with numerous people including Hatfield Consultants Ltd’s Dr. L. Wayne Dwernychuk. (May 2002)
  56. InvestigateToxic Waste”. By Hamish Carnachan (April 2002) (New Zealand’s current affairs magazine)
  57. The Dallas Morning News“US, Vietnam to discuss research on Agent Orange”. By Randy Lee Loftis (March 2, 2002)
  58. Interchange“Agent Orange in Vietnam – An Overview”. By Chuck Searcy (Spring 2002, Vlm. 12:1) (A newsletter of the “Fund for Reconciliation and Development”, fostering cooperation with Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Cuba.)
  59. North Vancouver Outlook “N. Van Scientist helping Viet Nam”. By Don Fiorvento (August 24, 2001)
  60. Viet Nam Review “The ongoing story about dioxin”. By Van Chuc (July 2000)
  61. Bangkok Nation “Agent Orange still harming Vietnamese, study finds”. Associated Press (June 1, 2000)
  62. North Vancouver Outlook“Good Deeds in Viet Nam”. By Don Fiorvento (May 19, 2000)
  63. The Toronto Globe and Mail“Apocalypse Revisited”. By Miro Cernetig (April 29, 2000)
  64. San Francisco Examiner“Viet Nam still Suffers from Agent Orange”. By Rick Mercier (April 28, 2000)
  65. The Japan Times “Even after 25 years, US herbicide Agent Orange takes a heavy toll on Vietnam”. By Rick Mercier (April 27, 2000)
  66. Washington Post“War’s Toxic Legacy Lingers in Viet Nam”. By Rajiv Chandrasekaran (April 18, 2000)
  67. Ottawa Citizen and several Southham Newspapers“Toxic Legacy Plagues Viet Nam” by Don Cayo (Cover Story in Ottawa Citizen and Centre Section ["Agent Orange – The Afterlife"]), April 9, 2000. Follow-up stories by Don Cayo in Southam papers across Canada included: “Children of Agent Orange” (The Province, Vancouver, April 16, 2000) and “B.C. Team Digs for Vietnam War Poison” (The Vancouver Sun, April 15, 2000)
  68. National Post“Agent Orange’s Legacy of Pain”. By Peter Goodspeed (April 9, 2000)
  69. USA Today“Countries Consider Joint Study of Agent Orange”. By Julie Schmit (March 16, 2000)
  70. Mother Jones – Cover: Agent Orange: The Next Generation. Feature article “Apocalypse Still”. By Robert Dreyfuss (January/February 2000)
  71. South China Morning Post“Agent Orange Study Widens”. By Huw Watkin (June 30, 1999)
  72. South China Morning Post“Wanted: A Cure for Legacy of War”. By Huw Watkin (June 22, 1999)
  73. New York Times“Viet Nam Sees War’s Legacy in Its Young”. By Seth Mydans (May 16, 1999)
  74. Newsweek“Of Peace and Poison”. By Ron Moreau (May 3, 1999)
  75. Vancouver Courier“The Hunt for Agent Orange”. By Monika Ullmann (April 7, 1999)
  76. Environmental Science and Technology“Study alludes to deformities from dioxin in Vietnam”. By Catherine Cooney (January 1, 1999)
  77. BBC News“Agent Orange blights Vietnam”. By Robin Denselow (December 3, 1998)
  78. Bangkok Post“New data on Agent Orange uncovered”. (November 2, 1998)
  79. Los Angeles Times“Viet Nam Study Finds Dioxin in Food Chain”. By David Lamb (October 31, 1998)
  80. Environmental Health Perspectives“The Value of Viet Nam”. By David Tenebaum (December 1996)

Television and Film Documentary Coverage

  1. CBC National News“Agent Orange Contamination in Viet Nam”. A news segment highlighting the effects of Agent Orange in Viet Nam and Hatfield’s work in documenting these effects. (April 30, 2007)
  2. CNN Headline News“The After-Effects of War”. A news segment on the environmental impacts of war, as the world prepares for the Iraq conflict. Hatfield Consultants Ltd. (Dr. Wayne Dwernychuk) was interviewed for this news item, which involved an overview of the environmental consequences of the Viet Nam War. (March 13, 2003)
  3. Tambuti Films“Battle’s Poison Cloud”. A film documentary examining the birth defects issue in Viet Nam related to suspected Agent Orange exposure. Research undertaken by Hatfield Consultants Ltd. is outlined, as is our “hot spot” theory. The hot spot theory relates to former US military installations where Agent Orange was stored, dispensed, sprayed and spilled. These facilities, it is theorized, have the highest levels of dioxin contamination to which local populations are potentially being exposed. The passage of dioxin through the human food chain is outlined clearly. Producer: Cecile Trijssenaar (January 2003) http://www.tambutifilms.co.uk/video.htm
  4. Cypress Park Productions“The Friendship Village”. A film documentary exploring the significance of a unique humanitarian village in northern Viet Nam, addressing various issues of the Viet Nam war (e.g., Agent Orange, birth defects, healing of political wounds, responsibilities of the world community, etc.). The film highlights Hatfield Consultants Agent Orange studies in the Aluoi Valley, Viet Nam. Director: Michelle Mason (July 2002)
  5. Out-Yonder Productions“Saturn’s Eyes – Satellites taking the planet’s pulse”. A film documentary on satellite imagery and technology. The film presents the benefits of this technology to man and highlights examples of imagery and interpretations. Hatfield Consultants Ltd. provided satellite data on Agent Orange use in Viet Nam. Producer: Monty Bassett (April 2002)
  6. National Film Board of Canada in cooperation with History Television“Aftermath: The Remnants of War”. A film documentary produced for the NFB and History Television by Aftermath Pictures Inc./Storyline Entertainment Inc. The film focuses on the after effects of war in France, Russia, Viet Nam and Bosnia. Hatfield’s work on Agent Orange in the Aluoi Valley, Viet Nam, is featured in this film. Aftermath won a gold medal at the annual New York International Television Festival and a bronze plaque at the Columbus Film and Video Festival (Humanities Category). The film will also be featured at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February. Director: Daniel Sekulich (November 2001) www.aftermathpictures.com
  7. Channel 2 France “The Poison of Peace”. – A film documentary on Agent Orange in Viet Nam with highlights of Hatfield’s work in the Aluoi Valley. (July 2001)
  8. NBC Nightly News – Extended news segment on Hatfield’s work in Viet Nam. (December 2000)
  9. CBC National News/The Magazine“The Legacy of Agent Orange”. News documentary on Hatfield’s work in Viet Nam. Senior Correspondent – Ian Hanuman-Singh. (April 2000)
  10. CBS 60 MinutesStory on Hatfield’s Work in Viet Nam entitled “Agent Orange”. Senior Correspondent – Christiane Amanpour. (December 1999)
  11. Japanese Broadcasting Corporation – Film documentary: “Fighting the Shower of Death”. – (1999)
  12. BBC World – Film documentary on Agent Orange and Hatfield’s work. Senior Correspondent – Robin Denselow (November 1998)


  1. The VVA Veteran“A perfect laboratory; studying dioxin in the Aluoi Valley”. Highlighting Hatfield’s work (June/July 2000). By William Triplett (Vietnam Veterans of America)
  2. Testimony before US House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform. Subcommittee on National Security. Veterans Affairs and International Security. By Linda Spoonster Schwartz, RN, MSN, DrPH. Assoc. Research Scientist, Yale University School of Nursing, March 15, 2000. Discussing Hatfield’s work in Vietnam.
  3. Science Letters“Dioxins in Viet Nam”. – a plea from some US scientists for the US to become involved in Agent Orange research in Vietnam, citing Hatfield’s work. By Drs. A.H. Westing and E.W. Pfeiffer (October 13, 1995)
  4. Hatfield received Mark-Drake Award for International Cooperation(2000)
  5. Hatfield’s Dr. Wayne Dwernychuk invested into “The Legion of Honor” of “The Chapel of Four Chaplains”