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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Halliburton, KBR named in suit over 'burn pits'

Source: Houston Chron/AP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A pair of Kentucky men who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are suing two U.S. military contractors and accusing the companies of exposing them to toxic fumes and ash from “burn pits.”

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville on Monday by former Air Force Sgt. Sean Alexander Stough of Stanton and Charles Hicks of Bellevue. It accuses Houston-based Halliburton Co. and KBR Inc. of burning everything from human remains to tires in open air pits, exposing everyone nearby to toxic ash and fumes.

KBR spokeswoman Heather Brown said the company denies the allegations and follows military regulations on the disposal of waste.

Halliburton didn’t immediately return a call for comment on Tuesday.


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