Shark Tank showcases Army veteran inspired to combat air pollution after exposure to burn pits

“It was on the other end of our airfield, but it was burning 24-7. And as far as I can recall, every base that we flew to had a burn pit in some capacity that was getting rid of the trash.” 

Videau adds that there was a constant plume of thick black smoke rising from the pit at Speicher, located near the city of Tikrit.

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“If the wind was shooting to the north every single day,” Videau said in a recent interview with Fox News, “the black smoke would continue to go over the airfield in the entire camp, and you could smell it on a daily basis.”

The veteran says that he couldn’t comprehend at the time why this crude method of trash incineration was used.

Videau was serving as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot at Camp Speicher, Iraq in 2007.

Videau was serving as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot at Camp Speicher, Iraq in 2007.

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