Pending Legislation in the U.S. Senate calls on the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a research center to address the possible effects of exposure to burn pits and other environmental hazards in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"So-called "burn pits" were common at U.S. military outposts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Legislation in the Senate would create a center to study the effects of breathing their smoke.
The exposed individuals and their families brought a lawsuit against KBR for its allegedly improper use of the burn pits and for failing to warn veterans and civilians of the hazards of being exposed."U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan burned all kinds of waste -- tons of it every day at some bases. Plastic and foam dinnerware from chow halls. Batteries. Paint. Tires. You name it."For service members working and living nearby, it was hard to avoid burning the smoke."The smell was constant. You could smell it everywhere you went," said Cindy Aman, who was a military police officer on several bases in the Middle East. I got to the point where I definitely wasn't running anywhere close to that, and then I couldn't even walk up a flight of stairs without being short of breath," she said.'"
The cases allege that prolonged exposure to the burn pits' smoke, ash and fumes, and improper water treatment, may have resulted in chronic diseases, risk of future illness and death. The lawsuit alleges that KBR burned large amounts of unsorted waste, including hazardous waste, medical waste, and human waste, at military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The case, In re KBR Inc, Burn Pit Litigation, is a consolidated action, and is venued in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Greenbelt Division, before Judge Roger W. Titus.
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