Toxic Legacy of War

A complaint filed by Oregon National Guard soldiers says a military contractor knew an Iraqi water treatment plant kept toxic chemicals on site and had lax environmental standards that let it contaminate the area, but never disclosed it.
     The complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Oregon alleges Kellogg, Brown and Root knew about the presence of sodium dichromate at the Quaramat Ali water plant months before the date they originally gave in testimony and depositions.
     Sodium dichromate is an anticorrosive compound that soldiers from Oregon, West Virginia and Indiana say gave them respiratory and lung problems.
     The motion asks the judge to declare a victory for the Oregon soldiers.
     A message left Wednesday morning for KBR was not immediately returned.

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