Virtually every military base in the United States used unlined burn pits and incinerators (without an air scrubber to remove toxic chemicals). Tens of Thousands of Americans were injured by this practice. George Air Force Base, CA had several open-air burn pits and two old style incinerators (without an air scrubber to remove toxic chemicals). The known carcinogens and respiratory sensitizers that were released into the atmosphere by the burn pits and incinerators present both acute and chronic health hazards to civilians, and military personnel and their family members. A list of possible contaminants includes: acetaldehyde, acrolein, arsenic, benzene, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, dichlorofluoromethane, dioxins, ethylbenzene, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, various heavy metals (lead, cadmium, and mercury), nitrogen dioxide, phosgene, sulfuric acid, sulfur dioxide, toluene, trichloroethane, trichloropropane, and xylene. See: George AFB’s burn pits and incinerators
As of Dec 31, 2014, the Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force has failed to notify the former base personnel or Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) of this potential exposure pathway for the Health Assessment of George AFB.
It is unreasonable to believe that the release of these known carcinogens and respiratory sensitizers did not harm the civilians, military personnel and their family members who lived and worked at the former George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453″.
U.S. Waste Disposal in Afghanistan: Unused Incinerators and Open-Air Burn Pits
In spite of an $80-million investment in building incinerators for hazardous waste disposal in Afghanistan, the U.S. military left many of them unused, …
‘Indefensible’: Report reveals extent of ‘burn pit’ pollution inhaled by US troops in Afghanistan
The report says the U.S. military even spent millions on incinerators as a … The toxic brew created a black plume of smoke that lingered in the air over … time, “open-air burn pit operations continued on the base until October 2013, …
Watchdog: DOD ignored troop health risks, continued to burn trash in Afghanistan
Stars and Stripes
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
Kan. veteran worries exposure to hazardous fumes cause of health problems
It’s also been documented in people with “toxic exposures” who inhaled things like …. And burn pits have been used on military bases for decades.
Kansas veteran worries exposure to hazardous fumes cause of health problems
KHI News Service
Kansas veteran worries exposure to hazardous fumes cause of health … linked to the burn pits used to dispose of waste at U.S. military bases there.
Report: Troops Sent Waste to Open Burn Pits
… has a military base. Veterans’ advocates say exposure to toxic smoke from burn pits can cause respiratory illnesses and long-term health problems, …
Military scrutinized over trash burning
The report focused on Shindand Air Base in western Afghanistan but … the military to notify Congress whenever certain toxic materials are burned, the …
Jun 22, 2013
This follows the announcement on June 3, 2013 by the Veterans Administration (VA) that it is accepting public comments concerning the establishment of Burn Pit Registry mandated by Congress. The Registry is supposed to …
Jun 06, 2013
The VA has been mandated by Congress to establish a Burn Pit Registry to monitor those in military service who may have been exposed to toxic agents as a result of burn pit exposures while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dec 21, 2012
U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced today that their bipartisan legislation to create a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air …
Jan 11, 2013
“President Obama signed legislation Thursday requiring the Veterans Affairs Department to establish a registry for troops and veterans who lived and worked near open-air burn pits used to dispose waste in Iraq, Afghanistan …
On Feb. 23, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed the burn pit lawsuits that were consolidated in In re KBR Inc. Burn Pit Litigation.
Burn Baby Burn 9.4.12
Burn Pit Registry Moves Forward 7.11.12
Akin Burn Pit Legislation Passed by Veterans Committee, Heads to House Floor 7.12.12
Congessman Akin Introduces Bill for Veterans Burn Pit Registry 11.3.11
Rare Lung Disease Diagnosed in Soldiers 7.21.2011
References: UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT, http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/131430.P.pdf
 Bixby v. KBR Inc., 3:09-cv-00632, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
 United States Army Public Health Command, http://phc.amedd.army.mil/phc%20resource%20library/baladburnpit471208.pdf
 Senate Hearing, Anthony Szema, M.D., http://www.dpc.senate.gov/hearings/hearing50/szema.pdf
 USA Today, http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2011-10-31/military-burn-pits-Iraq/51013236/1
 KBR, Inc. v. Alan Metzgar, http://www.chamberlitigation.com/sites/default/files/scotus/files/2014/Cert.%20Petition%20–%20KBR%20v.%20Metzgar%20(U.S.%20Supreme%20Court).pdf
 The Verge, http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/28/4771164/the-next-agent-orange-why-burn-pits-are-making-soldiers-sick
 Institute of Medicine of the National Acadamies, http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13209
 Deployment Health Clinical Center, http://www.pdhealth.mil/dcs/deploymentexposure.asp#Pesticides
 Bloomberg, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-06/kbr-halliburton-found-not-immune-in-burn-pit-suits.html
 United States Government Accountability Office, http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d1163.pdf