2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 12:34:07 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH, GLOBAL: Oregon soldiers sue KBR over hex chromium exposure
Oregon soldiers sue KBR for exposure to cancer-causing chemical in Iraq

Julie Sullivan
The Oregonian
June 8, 2009


Previous stories about hexavalent chromium contamination

Five current and former Oregon Army National Guard soldiers filed suit Monday against a war contractor that they say knowingly exposed them to a cancer-causing chemical in Iraq.

The suit alleges that managers from Kellogg, Brown & Root, or KBR, of Houston knew before the Oregon Guard arrived at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant in May 2003 that the site was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a highly toxic and long-identified carcinogen.

The plaintiffs allege the company either failed to do the required testing a month before the Guard arrived or destroyed the records to conceal the contamination. KBR also discounted soldiers' and civilians' bloody noses and other symptoms of exposure as sand allergies.


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Lenny Siegel
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