Category Archives: Burn Pits

Inconclusive Report Does Little to Cool Down Burn Pit Controversy

December 2011 (US Medicine) – Whether exposure to war zone burn-pits causes long-term health issues has created heated debate among military officials, veterans, Congress members and currently deployed troops. Unfortunately, a long-awaited report does little to provide definitive answers or … Continue reading

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Burning Toxic Waste is Making U.S. Soldiers and Iraqis Sick, But the Pentagon Refuses to Admit It

Six years into the war, many U.S. bases in Iraq are still without incinerators, leaving open pits spewing toxic plumes over soldiers and civilians. March 18, 2009 – Acetaldehyde, Acrolien, Arsenic, Benzene, Carbon Monoxide, Ethylbenzene,  Formaldehyde, Hydrogen Cyanide, Hydrogen Fluoride, … Continue reading

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Balad Burn Pit Update: Effects of Toxic Smoke Worry Troops Returning from Iraq – DoD Admits Problem, Then Denies Problem

December 15, 2008 – The pervasive smoke spewing from the junk heap at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq is causing many returning troops to be concerned about the effects on their long-term health. For four years, the burn pit … Continue reading

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Senator Feingold Wants Answers on Dangers to Troops from Toxic Waste from Iraq War Burn Pits

November 9, 2008 – Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., has written to Gen. David Petraeus, the new chief of U.S. Central Command, demanding to be informed about any pending investigations into health problems for troops exposed to burn pit smoke in … Continue reading

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Oct 28: Highly Toxic Burn Pit in Balad Raises Specter of Gulf War Illnesses Among Iraq War Veterans

Burn pit at Balad raises health concerns; Troops say chemicals and medical waste burned at base are making them sick, but officials deny risk October 28, 2008 – An open-air “burn pit” at the largest U.S. base in Iraq may … Continue reading

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