The court papers claim that some who served on the site went on to suffer severe breathing problems and nasal tumors. The soldiers say that they were repeatedly told there was no danger.
Sixteen American soldiers who served in Iraq are suing the defence contractor KBR, accusing it of knowingly exposing them to a cancer-causing chemical.
The soldiers say they were exposed to the chemical while working at a water pumping plant in southern Iraq.
Their lawsuit, filed in a US District Court, claims that KBR managers knew the site was contaminated but "downplayed and disregarded" the risk.KBR denies the accusation and has vowed to fight the lawsuit.
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