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Suits against KBR allege burn pit fumes affected troops

Suits against KBR allege burn pit fumes affected troops

Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Thursday, April 30, 2009
Fumes from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan have imperiled the health of troops and contractors, according to lawsuits filed in several states Tuesday against defense contractor KBR.

Six lawsuits were filed in state courts on behalf of current and former military personnel, private contractors and families of people whose deaths allegedly stemmed from the fumes, reported. More were expected to be filed Wednesday.

A total of 70 plaintiffs will be filing lawsuits, lead attorney Elizabeth Burke told CNN.

In a statement to CNN, KBR said the assertion that KBR knowingly harmed soldiers or contractors is unfounded.


I know the family of one of the Air Force personnel who died from brain cancer less than a year after returning from Balad AFB, Major Kevin Wilkins, I hope this lawsuit brings some justice for all of the families affected by this preventable toxic exposures, they knew this stuff should have been containerized and removed for proper destruction or a proper incinerator built on sight. Someone should be held accountable for the future and already present health effects of this. Do it for Kevin and his legacy.

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