Suing Soldiers Say Govt. Contractor Failed To Disclose Toxics
April Baer, OPB News | April 4, 2012 2:56 p.m. | Updated: April 4, 2012 5:17 p.m.
Oregon soldiers suing the government contractor KBR have discovered a document they say shows the company failed to disclose toxic contamination at a plant in Iraq where the soldiers worked.
The Oregon Guardsmen are among several groups of soldiers who have been trying to prove that KBR failed to provide adequate information about sodium dichromate on-site at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant. Oregon Guardsmen were stationed there in 2003.
In newly-filed court documents, the plaintiffs take KBR to task for failing to disclose an assessment performed in 2002. The report came into focus when the Defense Department’s Inspector General released his own findings late last year. That information, along with testimony from a similar case in Texas, laid the groundwork for the plaintiffs’ claims. They say KBR knew 200 tons of sodium dichromate were present.
The plaintiffs are asking the court to do several things, including inform the jury about this if the case goes to trial.
A spokesman for KBR was not immediately available for comment.
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