Thursday, January 13, 2011

Burn Pit Illnesses Called The "Agent Orange" of This Generation

The news reports that the toxic exposure of soldiers and civilians to dust and fumes  from burn pits used in Iraq and Afghanistan is "this generation's Agent Orange." The plight of a sick soldier who is suffering from lung disease, allegedly caused by his exposure to fumes and dust  from burn pits, was recently reported by WRISTV (Corpus Christi, TX).

The television news service reported, "After returning from a deployment to Iraq, the returning soldier struggled to obtain medical treatment for his respiratory condition. 'Since we weren't getting the right treatment here locally we had to travel out of state on our own expense to get the right treatment, and they went ahead and did the lung biopsy and that's how they found out I had the constrictive bronchiolitis,' he said."

The US Government Accountability Office released the Afghanistan and Iraq Report, in response to a request by Congress. It states that of the four burn pits they surveyed in Iraq, all standards outlined in 2009 for burn pit operations were not met.

A lawsuit was filed alleging that KRB, Inc.
(NYSE KRB) endangered the health and safety of American soldiers in
Iraq and Afghanistan by exposing them to huge quantities of toxic 
dust, fumes and other air pollution by burning unsorted waste in vast 
open-air pits without any safety controls.