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Sick Veterans Sue KBR Over Iraq and Afghanistan Burn PitsSalem-News.com
KBR burned biohazard materials including human corpses, medical supplies, paints, solvents, asbestos, pesticides, animal carcasses, tires, lithium batteries, Styrofoam, wood, rubber, medical waste, large amounts of plastics, and even entire trucks.
(WAYNE, N.J.) - A lawsuit was filed alleging that KBR, Inc. (NYSE KBR) 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 pollutants by burning unsorted waste in vast open-air pits without any safety controls.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in New Jersey by the law firm of Jon L. Gelman LLC on behalf of two military veterans whose illnesses – which include respiratory disease, chronic cough, debilitating headaches, and neurological skin disorders – were allegedly caused by 24/7 hazardous emissions from burn pits.
KBR is accused of operating burn pits in such an unsafe manner that they permitted thick, noxious smoke emerging from the flames, sometimes colored blue or green by burning chemicals, to hang over US bases and camps across Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004.
According to the complaint, the burn pits are so large that tractors are used to push waste onto them and the flames shoot hundreds of feet into the air.
KBR allegedly burned waste such as biohazard materials including human corpses, medical supplies, paints, solvents, asbestos, items containing pesticides, animal carcasses, tires, lithium batteries, Styrofoam, wood, rubber, medical waste, large amounts of plastics, and even entire trucks. Most of this burned waste is comprised of items hazardous to your health if breathed; any good asbestos guide will tell you that mesothelioma is a possibility if you breathe in asbestos fibers, same goes for the dangers of pesticides and the known harm from breathing in solvents.
Attorney Jon L. Gelman said, “It is alleged that KRB failed to follow prescribed safety protocols for the proper disposal of waste materials, and protect the health and safety of those soldiers serving in and about those areas. It was common knowledge that open-air incineration of toxic substances, including known carcinogens, endangered those individuals living in and about those areas. A company should not willfully disregard appropriate safety precautions and endanger US Solders heroically serving their country."
The plaintiffs are: (name removed) of Superior, Wisconsin and Timothy J. Watson of Clarkesville, Tennessee.
The defendants are KBR, Inc., of Houston; Kellogg, Brown & Root LLC. of Austin, Texas; Kellogg, Brown & Root Services, Inc., of Houston; and Halliburton Company, of Houston.
The case is against KBR, Inc., et al. (In the U.S. District Court of New Jersey (Case No. 2:10-cv-01492-KSH-MAS).
Attorney Contact: Jon L. Gelman, of Jon L. Gelman LLC, Wayne, NJ, 973.696.7900 or visit: gelmans.com.
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