2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 16:26:08 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH: Troops exposed to Hexavalent Chromium in Iraq
Pentagon to investigate troops exposure to hexavalent chromium in Iraq

By Julie Sullivan
The Oregonian
September 29, 2009,

The Pentagon's inspector general is investigating whether the Army mishandled troops exposed to a cancer-causing chemical in Iraq in 2003.

The review comes after seven Senate Democrats charged that the Army and war contractor Kellogg, Brown & Root may have exposed hundreds of soldiers to dangerous levels of hexavalent chromium while they guarded civilian workers at a water treatment plant. Among the troops exposed are at least 292 Oregon Army National Guard soldiers, including 16 who say they were sickened by the contact.

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said in a statement Tuesday that the oversight hearings he led as recently as last month revealed "repeated and almost unbelievable failures by both the contractor, KBR, and the Army to take the needed steps to protect and even to inform soldiers and workers."


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