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In Iraq and Afghanistan Burn Pit infernos cause illness and death

More than 230 U.S. burn pits, as large as 10 acres, across Iraq and Afghanistan; ignited with jet fuel, burning human body parts, plastics, metal, Styrofoam, electrical equipment and other waste, burned 100 to 200 tons of waste per day at all hours often near U.S. military encampments impregnating thousands of local residents and foreign military personnel with toxic fumes leading to major illnesses and eventually death.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is a co-author of Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act legislation pending in Congress.

Thousands have already been infected and some have died including Minnesota National Guard veteran Amie Muller, 36, in February, nine months after diagnosis of Stage III pancreatic cancer most likely caused by burn pit toxins during her 2005 and 2007 deployment at Balad, Iraq.

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