2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 12:48:44 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH: Oregon troops exposed to chromium in Iraq
Oregon troops exposed to toxic chemical in Iraq
At least 48 Guard soldiers were around hexavalent chromium, a known cancer risk

The Oregonian
January 9, 2009

Early in the Iraq war, Oregon Army National Guard soldiers say they encountered environmental disaster in oil fields. Now it's clear a deadly toxin also swirled in the desert air.

At least 48 Oregon soldiers assigned to protect contractors rebuilding a water treatment plant near Iraqi oil fields in 2003 were exposed to hexavalent chromium. The industrial compound, if inhaled, greatly increases the risk of lung cancer.

Last month, 16 Indiana National Guard soldiers sued Houston-based KBR, claiming the nation's largest war contractor "disregarded and downplayed the extreme danger of wholesale site contamination." The suit claims KBR hid its civilian workers' elevated chromium levels and dismissed widespread symptoms -- including constant nosebleeds that toxicologists call "chrome nose" -- as sand allergies.


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