Nearly a thousand soldiers and civilian government employees have been exposed to the toxic chemical sodium dichromate while working at a water treatment plant in Iraq. The chemical is a known carcinogenic.
Soldiers and employees were exposed to sodium dichromate for at least five months before the military required the contractors of Kellogg, Brown, and Root to use protective equipment. Sodium dichromate can cause breathing problems, skin problems, and cancer.
Members of the Oregon National Guard have filed a lawsuit against KBR for exposing them to toxic materials while in Iraq. KBR states it did not knowingly expose soldiers and civilians to dangerous chemicals.