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posted May 24, 2012, 1:24 AM by S.R. Sidarth
I served two 45 day rotations at Ali AB, Tallil, Iraq in 2007 and 2008.  I was concerned about the air quality on base and attempted to get information about Army air quality testing.  In my short time there I wasn't able to get anywhere with getting anyone to seriously address getting incinerators installed.  I did learn however, that they had been purchased and had been in country since 2004.  Just before my tour ended I began speaking with the Safety Officer from a Navy Squadron on base.  His CO was also pursuing the matter.  His aircraft maintainers spent 12 hour shifts on the flight line less than a mile from the burn pit.  They were going to medical complaining of headaches, respiratory ailments and nausea.  The docs could do nothing for them.  I saved every piece of burn pit documentation and correspondence from my time there. I have an environmental studies background.  I know what goes in the air when plastics get burned.  KBR and the members of our Government that allowed the burn pits to continue operating are criminals.