Ala. guardsman sues KBR over burn pits

(MILITARY TIMES)   ENTERPRISE, Ala. — A National Guard soldier has filed suit contending his health problems were caused by a contractor who burned vast quantities of unsorted waste in pits near where soldiers were living in Afghanistan.

The Dothan Eagle reported Thursday that Richard Guilmette’s suit is one of at least 17 against KBR Inc., claiming the company “knew or should have known” that the burn pits put soldiers and contractors in danger. KBR denied the allegations.

Guilmette said that after a month in Kandahar in 2004, he began to experience breathing difficulties, stomach problems, headaches and dizziness, even extreme fatigue during normal exertion.

Guilmette said the pits were close to the soldiers’ living quarters, and that winds often sent a large, black cloud of smoke over the tents.


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