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30 Soldiers Sue KBR Over Chemical Exposure

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 4:48am

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two subsidiaries of KBR Inc. are being sued by 30 members of the West Virginia National Guard who claim they were exposed to a toxic chemical while guarding a water plant in Iraq.

The members of the Moundsville-based 1092nd Engineer Battalion filed the lawsuit Monday in Marshall County Circuit Court against Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc., and KBR Technical Services, Inc.

According to the lawsuit, the guardsmen guarded the water plant while KBR contractors repaired the facility in 2003. The lawsuit claims the guardsmen weren't told that they were being exposed to sodium dichromate, a chemical linked to cancer and other illnesses.

KBR spokeswoman Heather Browne said she hadn't seen a copy of the lawsuit and declined to comment.

KBR said in August that it wasn't responsible for the sodium dichromate at the site.

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