A lawsuit relating to asbestos exposure has been filed by two military airmen who served in Iraq and in Afghanistan. The lawsuit has been filed against four defence contractors, who stand accused of burning trash containing asbestos and various other toxic materials, which the airmen say exposed them to dangerous toxins.
The two personnel involved in the legal action are Staff Sgt. Wendy L. McBreairty and Senior Master Sgt. Glen S. Massman. The defendant companies that have been named in the lawsuit are KBR Inc., Haliburton, Kellogg, Brown & Root Services, and Kellogg, Brown & Root, LLC.
The lawsuit claims that the companies burned buiilding debris and insulation that contained asbestos as well as other toxic substances, as well as tires and other vehicle parts that could also contain asbestos. The burning took place in large pits near to the military base, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit goes on to state that these fires generated toxic smoke, and that this was then inhaled by those at the military base, putting them at risk of dangerous levels of exposure to asbestos dust and fibers as well as other hazardous chemicals.