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Re: [casi-analysis] RE: CASI-analysis digest, Vol 1 #195 - 2 msgs

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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.


1. AZZAMAN NEWSPAPER --- Issue 1868 --- Date 22/7/2004

2. Dr. Kadhim al-Miqdadi (has written a lot about DU
and hazardous waste)


The follwing is an excerpt from the report. WGI is the
company accused of burying the waste:


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."

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