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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] Dear Dr. Kamil, >A report in Asharq Alawsat today (24th) says that British forces have buried hazardous solid waste in the Basra area, in dry marshland that is liable to flooding and spreading of contamination. Does anyone know more about this? < This is not a new subject. Rumors have been circulating in the Arab world since the occupation that the US and UK have buried hazardous waste in different areas of Iraq. Some reports accused the US of allowing Israel to bury its nuclear waste in the desert in western Iraq. The following may be useful to you. HZ --------------------------------------------------- 1. AZZAMAN NEWSPAPER --- Issue 1868 --- Date 22/7/2004 http://www.azzaman.com/azzaman/articles/2004/07/07-21/852.htm 2. Dr. Kadhim al-Miqdadi (has written a lot about DU and hazardous waste) http://www.rezgar.com/m.asp?i=52 3. http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/downloads/CorpInvasionofIraq.complete.pdf The follwing is an excerpt from the report. WGI is the company accused of burying the waste: "WASHINGTON GROUP INTERNATIONAL (WGI) WGI receives about 16 percent of its $ 3.7 billion annual business from the U.S. government. Much of the company’s defense contract work is for destroying weapons of mass destruction in the United States. Washington Group destroys chemical weapons stockpiles – including corroding bombs at Anniston Army Depot in Alabama -- and is also involved in the cleanup of certain nuclear weapons plants, including the one at Hanford in the state of Washington. Contract in Iraq: • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded WGI an initial contract of $500,000 that could rise to $100 million. The WGI contract was part of a package deal that the Army Corps of Engineers also offered to Fluor and Perini Corp. As with WGI, Fluor and Perini are guaranteed $500,000 in business with the possibility of increasing to $100 million. • The WGI contract does not identify any specific work or location, but in general terms the company was told it could be involved in “design-build activities, construction (new work, renovation or repair), and short-term operations and maintenance.” The contract is not necessarily limited to work in Iraq – it may include work done in Afghanistan and other countries in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) areas of operations. The contracts give U.S. Central Command the authority to call upon the three companies to rapidly execute design and construction services either to support military operations, other U.S. government agencies, or friendly foreign governments." __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? New and Improved Yahoo! Mail - Send 10MB messages! http://promotions.yahoo.com/new_mail _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk