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Oregon soldiers charge KBR with concealing critical document in sodium dichromate case

Visit Oregon Live for Full Stories By Mike Francis, The Oregonian Lawyers for Oregon National Guard soldiers suing defense contractor KBR Inc. said this week the Houston-based company deliberately concealed a document proving it knew before the invasion of Iraq of the presence of a deadly carcinogen at a water treatment plant in the southern [...]

April 5th, 2012 | Posted in Oregon Court Filings,Oregon Lawsuits,Oregon Live | Read More »

Sick Soldiers: Symptoms Exist but the Diagnosis Unclear

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Returning from Iraq, Leroy Torres thought he had left the battle overseas. But he would soon become one of hundreds of troops fighting two more battles on our soil: a battle for recognition of a mysterious ailment and a bureaucratic one. “When he first got back, he immediately had several ER visits for respiratory issues. [...]

March 9th, 2012 | Posted in News Coverage,Other National News | Read More »

Ex-KBR Chief to be Sentenced in Bribery Scheme

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HOUSTON (AP) — A former KBR Inc. chief executive faced sentencing Thursday for his role in a scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials in return for $6 billion in engineering and construction contracts. Albert “Jack” Stanley pleaded guilty in 2008 to conspiring in the decade-long scheme related to the company’s natural gas operations in Nigeria [...]

February 24th, 2012 | Posted in News Coverage,Other National News | Read More »

Oregon soldiers in hex chromium case get permission to use tardy expert report

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By Mike Francis, The Oregonian The federal judge hearing the case brought by 34 Oregon National Guard soldiers against military contractor KBR Inc., has ruled that an expert opinion produced by the soldiers can be used in the trial, currently scheduled for June. But Magistrate Judge Paul Papak said the amended expert report produced by [...]

January 10th, 2012 | Posted in Oregon Live | Read More »

Soldiers gone, but contractors remain in Iraq

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U.S. relies heavily on civilians, with even more in Afghanistan By Lindsay Wise | Houston Chronicle   The final convoy of U.S. troops in Iraq — soldiers from Fort Hood — drove over the border to Kuwait last week, whooping and cheering, as the United States declared an end to the war. But remaining behind [...]

December 27th, 2011 | Posted in Houston Chronicle | Read More »

New defense bill requires military to tell Congress when granting immunity to contractors

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New defense bill requires military to tell Congress when granting immunity to contractors By Mike Francis, The Oregonian The Oregonian KBR Inc. enjoyed government-guaranteed immunity from claims that might be brought by anyone claiming the contractor’s actions in Iraq caused injury or death, according to a newly declassified 2003 military contract.  But under the terms [...]

December 17th, 2011 | Posted in KBR Lawsuits,Oregon Federal Court,Oregon Lawsuits,Oregon Live | Read More »

Rockefeller urges care for W.Va. soldiers exposed to chemical in Iraq

Original Article at: By: Paul J. Nyden CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On Monday, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller asked the U.S. Department of Defense to make sure 122 members of the West Virginia National Guard — as well as Guard members from other states including Oregon and Indiana — receive health care after being exposed to sodium [...]

October 30th, 2011 | Posted in Charleston Gazette | Read More »

Safety lacking at Iraqi facility

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by Ry Rivard CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A recent report faults a national defense contractor and U.S. military officials for failing to comply with and enforce workplace safety standards as Americans – including 122 members of the West Virginia National Guard – were exposed to a cancer-causing chemical in Iraq. The report concludes a two-year investigation [...]

October 28th, 2011 | Posted in Charleston Daily Mail | Read More »

IG faults military, KBR for exposing troops to dangerous chemical

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An Inspector General report has found that the Defense Department and contractor KBR failed to act quickly to protect servicemembers and civilians after discovering that they had been exposed to a hazardous chemical at a water-treatment plant in Iraq, according to a story in The Oregonian newspaper. Dozens of National Guardsmen from Oregon and Indiana [...]

September 30th, 2011 | Posted in News Coverage,Stars and Stripes | Read More »

Defense Department Inspector General says KBR and the military failed to respond quickly to health risks posed to Oregon soldiers

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Mike Francis, The Oregonian The Defense Department and contractor Kellogg, Brown & Root failed to act as quickly as they should have to protect those exposed to a carcinogenic chemical at an Iraqi water treatment plant in 2003, according to a report Wednesday by the Defense Department’s Inspector General. The report was hailed as a [...]

September 29th, 2011 | Posted in News Coverage | Read More »

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