Congress to investigate veteran cancers at toxic Uzbek base where ‘black goo’ oozed

In December, McClatchy exclusively reported on special operations forces who were sent to Karshi-Khanabad, Uzbekistan, known as “K2,” in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks who have now came forward with concerns about the many cancer diagnoses in their community.

The Pentagon knew the former Soviet base was contaminated by radiation from depleted uranium from weapons the Soviet and Uzbek militaries had housed there, as well as chemical weapons contamination and fuel and solvents that oozed “black goo” from the ground, according to classified and unclassified documents obtained by McClatchy.

In letters to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, the House panel requested all classified and unclassified documents on the contamination at K2, an accounting for all who had been treated there and other information by Jan. 24. The letters were signed by House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., chair of the national security subcommittee.

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