Open Burn Pits!
Open burn pits are usually areas of land that are used to burn up solid waste that has been disposed of.
A few weeks ago, I was reading about the life-long deadly diseases that were contracted by United States service members who were exposed living next to these burning pits while serving on missions overseas.
What I read is simply incredible!
First of all, this is something I did not even know about.
I had always wondered where all that waste from all those soldiers, excreted out in faeces and urine ended up, though!
And then, what sealed it all for me, were the numerous claims of veterans that suffer the effects of exposure to these pits, being turned down by the United States government!
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These pits have existed for a long time….at least long before people that were affected from them started showing up.
They are intended to be a short-term method of waste disposal…
But as the years went by, they became somewhat permanent in war zones like Iraq, Afghanistan and Djibouti!
Some of these pits stretch(ed) the size of 10 acres!
They burn(ed) 24 hours a day non-stop 7 days a week, with the help of jet fuel that was poured onto this waste to burn.
The waste include(s) Styrofoam containers from the dining hall, batteries, metals, plastics, paints, petroleum products, medical waste, amputated limbs, sewage, discarded food, ammunition among other.
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I bet you have noticed, in the paragraph above that I have a few words bearing letters in brackets, right?
That implies that over 47 of these burn pits still being currently used by the Army…including 38 of those being operated in the United States…of course, in regions that are considered to be rural and low-income!
According to Grist,
“At these sites, the military collects excess, obsolete, or unserviceable munitions, including bullets, missiles, mines, and the bulk explosive and flammable materials used to manufacture them, and destroys them by adding diesel and lighting them on fire, or by blowing them up. Last fiscal year (2021), the Department of Defense destroyed 32.7 million pounds of explosive hazardous waste on U.S. soil using these methods, known as open burning and open detonation”.
Photo credit: Grist
Keep in mind that wherever these pits are opened up and used,
There are natives that have already been living in that same area and are now going to be exposed to these same toxins!
I wonder who ever checks up on those ones!
Photo credit: Kansas Reflector
So, before you support and cheer on anything military,
Ask yourself, in your heart of hearts about how waste is going to be disposed off in the open burn pits, by these soldiers heading to war.
I bet you will see if it is truly worth it or nuh!
Photo credit: The New York Times
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This is terifying. The after effects to the service men also scare. Such governments should efficiently deal with such waste in an environmentally friendly way and methods that don’t cause health issues to service men.
I can’t think of a worse way to dispose of waste than a burn pit. It puts so many chemicals and toxic fumes into the air.
That’s terrible. The gases that are released into our environment not only affects Mother Earth but Mother Nature as well. I hope there’s a better way to dispose of these items that an open burn pit.
Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com
I didn’t know about these! I know a few people who have served overseas in these wars and I wonder if they were in areas with an open burn pit. My FIL doesn’t talk about his time overseas and I didn’t know him when he was deployed.
This is also news to me. It’s terrible. We often cheer for them and are proud of them because of what they do to protect our country but this is not one of the things to be proud of.
This is the worse way to get rid of it. Burning it just makes things worse for the environment. I hope people stop doing it.
10 acres! That’s insane! I’ve never even known these existed.
Open burn pits are so harmful to the environment and all living beings. I hope we can outlaw them worldwide. A very timely post given what is currently going on in the world.
I’ve never heard of these. The pictures are shocking and breathtaking at the same time.
Worst way to deal with garbage is to burn it. This is awful site and I feel sad for people living near it.
Angela Ricardo Bethea
That’s a terrible way to dispose of trash and the long-term effects it has on our environment as well as the people around it.
this makes me sad knowing that it can harm mother earth and the people nearby 🙁
That ks for the piece.We need to look at all we do with an envt impact lens