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Forum Post: US troops and civilians dying from Burn Pit Diseases

Posted 8 years ago on May 15, 2012, 4:04 p.m. EST by bklynsboy (834)
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The quickest, cheapest way to dispose of waste at Iraq and Afghanistan bases is to burn them in open pits using jet fuel, (kerosene) as an accelerant. Everything is burned: batteries, plastics, body parts, base waste. Discharged into the air are heavy metals like nickle, molybdenum, arsenic, hydrocarbons, dioxins, particulate matter, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, hexachlorobenzene, and ash, all of which cause cancer, nervous system damage and birth defects. KBR is contracted to burn.

Many soldiers have gotten cancer, lung difficulties and permanent nervous system damage from these burn pits. Civilians have suffered too with their newborns with diseases and birth defects.

More reasons to cut foreign interventions and rebuild crumbling America.




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[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 years ago

Yep modern materials - very toxic when burned. It is what kills most people in a fire. Fire fighters and oxygen tanks? Yeah - required - or many fire fighter deaths. Even then look at retired fire fighters and lung problems.

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (5843) 8 years ago

Everyone needs to know this.

[-] 2 points by bklynsboy (834) 8 years ago

The mainstream media keeps it quiet. Military denies causation, even though it's been known for decades burn pit pollutants are carcinogenic.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 8 years ago

Hoping Vets (and others) will pressure military and VA. We can apply pressure to Congress & President. Humane rights and environmental organizations could help. China would probably like some of the waste for recycle.

Mainstream media is a problem.

[-] 1 points by bklynsboy (834) 8 years ago

Several military documents to vets state there's little or no connection and little cause for concern. Vets are being lied to by the govt.

[-] 2 points by mserfas (652) from Ashland, PA 8 years ago

It is indeed ironic that after so much talk of chemical weapons in Iraq, the bitter experience of the Gulf War Syndrome, we still find soldiers and Iraqi civilians being exposed to this.

[-] 2 points by bklynsboy (834) 8 years ago

The irony is the US is responsible for chemical poisoning for 10 years.