Sunday, June 27, 2010

CBS Reports on the Hazards of Burn Pits in Iraq & Afghanistan

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CBS TV correspondent Jeff Glor reports, in a special report, that US soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have been exposed to toxic environmental smoke and fumes from burn pits. As a result of the exposures they now allege medical conditions including respiratory condition and malignancies (cancers). A lawsuit is presently pending on their behalf.

Glor reports, "The military authorized more than a hundred burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. The largest were operated by private contractors Halliburton and KBR, designed to burn everything from military equipment to medical supplies, batteries and hazardous waste."