Iraq Afghanistan Soldiers Demand KBR Come Clean on Toxin
Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, January 12, 2009 12:59 PM EST
At least 48 Oregon National Guardsmen are reporting ill effects that may have come from an airborne carcinogen they contacted while working in southern Iraq, Stars and Stripes is reporting.
In December, CBS News reported that Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), a military-contracting firm, may have knowingly exposed troops to dangerous toxins in Iraq, then waited up to four months before warning the Amy about the exposure to an airborne carcinogen.The chemical in question is HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM that was found at a southern Iraq water plant as early as May 2003. The chemical is used to prevent rust in water pipes but was reportedly left in open containers and circulated by the wind.
Last month, 16 Indiana guardsmen sued KBR over their exposure.
The suit claims Houston-based KBR, “disregarded and downplayed the extreme danger of wholesale site contamination,” instead claiming they were sand allergies. KBR denies any wrongdoing.
One 42-year old Indiana soldier who worked at the plant died of lung cancer in July. A second soldier is critically ill. CBS interviewed James Gentry formerly of the Indiana National Guard, who arrived in southern Iraq in April 2003, to protect other KBR contractors working at the water plant.
Today Gentry is dying from a rate form of lung cancer, after he spent months inhaling hexavalent chromium.
Oregon troops exposed to toxic chemical in Iraq - Page 2
At least 48 Guard soldiers were around hexavalent chromium, a known cancer risk