U.S. Soldiers Sue Halliburton/KBR over Garbage Burning Illness and Death

Saturday, May 02, 2009
Burn pit at Bald Air Base (photo: Julianne Showalter/U.S. Air Force)

Multiple class-action lawsuits have been filed by American soldiers against Halliburton and its subsidiary, KBR Inc., over its open-pit burning of garbage in Iraq and Afghanistan. KBR is accused of releasing harmful toxins into the air from fires that consumed everything from petroleum products to amputated limbs, causing military personnel to contract respiratory problems, lymphoma, leukemia and other ailments. One lawsuit claims the burning caused at least one wrongful death.

The Military Times, which ran a story last October about the burn pit at the largest U.S. base in Iraq (Joint Base Balad), reported that it had received complaints from more than 150 people claiming medical problems from exposure to the fires. At least seven lawsuits have been filed, with at least two more expected, in courts in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and Wyoming.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Nine Burn-pit Lawsuits Filed Against KBR (by Kelly Kennedy, Military Times)
Burn Pit at Balad Raises Health Concerns (by Kelly Kennedy, Military Times)


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