Memorial company accused of poisoning soldiers with open burn pits
A private company with an office in Memorial is being sued over claims it is poisoning soldiers stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq by disposing of human corpses, spent munitions, chemicals and more, in gigantic, open burn pits.
Matthew Guthery filed a lawsuit on Aug. 4 in the Harris County District Court against KBR, Inc., with an office in Memorial, Brown & Root Services, and KBR Technical Services, citing negligence, gross negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress, nuisance and battery.
Guthery says that KBR, a private company receiving no-bid contracts from the United States government to dispose of waste in Iraq and Afghanistan, failed to take necessary safety precautions when disposing of human corpses, medical supplies, spent munitions, chemicals, vehicles and more.
According to the brief, instead of removing the refuse safely, KBR chose to burn the unsorted waste in gigantic, open burn pits that produced flames hundreds of feet into the sky, injuring Guthery, and others, by exposing them to highly toxic smoke, ash and fumes emanating from the pits,.
The suit alleges that KBR’s managers downplayed the danger of these highly noxious emissions wafting from the burn pits in order to increase company profits.
Guthery is seeking actual, exemplary and punitive damages, as well as court costs. He is being represented in the case by Houston attorney Michael Doyle.
Harris County District Court Case No. 2011-46292.
This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Harris County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.
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