|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:06:10 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] HEALTH, GLOBAL: "DOD ignored troop health risks, continued to burn trash in Afghanistan"|
Watchdog: DOD ignored troop health risks, continued to burn trash in Afghanistan By Heath Druzin Stars and Stripes February 12, 2015 The U.S. military knowingly put troops’ health at risk and wasted tens of millions of dollars on shoddy contracts while operating dangerous open-air burn pits in Afghanistan, according to a report from the government’s top watchdog there. “Although DOD knew about the risks associated with open-air burn pits long before contingency operations began in Afghanistan, it was not until 2009 that U.S. Central Command developed policies and procedures to guide solid waste management, including requirements for operating, monitoring, and minimizing the use of open-air burn bits,” according to a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. It’s still unclear how many troops were sickened by burn pits but their widespread use in Iraq and Afghanistan — sometimes against Central Command’s own directives — means related illnesses could represent the latest health crisis for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, with echoes of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Many troops who say they were downwind from the smoke from base burn pits have reported a wide range of maladies, including severe respiratory problems. … For the entire article, see http://www.stripes.com/news/watchdog-dod-ignored-troop-health-risks-continued-to-burn-trash-in-afghanistan-1.329170 -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope Street Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650-961-8918 or 650-969-1545 Fax: 650-961-8918 LSiegel@cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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