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U.S. Forces Are Leaving a Toxic Environmental Legacy in Afghanistan

As U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan, the Taliban immediately rushed in, and it recently took over the country’s major cities in just a few days. The end of the two-decade American occupation has not only produced a fraught political situation; it has also created an environmental one. Some of the military bases the U.S. handed over to the Afghan national security forces—which this month stood down rather than continuing to contest a seemingly inevitable Taliban victory—hold toxic detritus that may never get a full cleanup. More:

U.S. Forces Are Leaving a Toxic Environmental Legacy in Afghanistan  –  Scientific American
U.S. military responsibility for environmental cleanup in contingency environments. (Environmental Law Article)

Military open-air burn pits

Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Exposures  –  U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Use of open-air burn pits in contingency operations  –  DOD Instruction
Cleanup of U.S. Military Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan  –  APHA

Military use of firefighting foam chemicals

Firefighting Foam Chemicals- DOD Is Investigating PFAS and Responding to Contamination, but Should Report More Cost Informati  –  US Government Accountability OfficeAs U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan, the Taliban immediately rushed in, and it recently took over the country’s major cities in just a few days. The end of the two-decade American occupation has not only produced a fraught political situation; it has also created an environmental one. Some of the military bases the U.S. handed over to the Afghan national security forces—which this month stood down rather than continuing to contest a seemingly inevitable Taliban victory—hold toxic detritus that may never get a full cleanup. More:

U.S. Forces Are Leaving a Toxic Environmental Legacy in Afghanistan  –  Scientific American
U.S. military responsibility for environmental cleanup in contingency environments. (Environmental Law Article)

Military open-air burn pits

Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Exposures  –  U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Use of open-air burn pits in contingency operations  –  DOD Instruction
Cleanup of U.S. Military Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan  –  APHA

Military use of firefighting foam chemicals

Firefighting Foam Chemicals- DOD Is Investigating PFAS and Responding to Contamination, but Should Report More Cost Informati  –  US Government Accountability Office

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