Monday, April 12, 2010

Gulf War Veteran's Task Force To Report on Burn Pit Exposures

Further study has been recommended concerning waste disposal contamination (burn pit exposures) and water contamination for veterans. The Gulf War Veteran's Task Force of the Department of Veterans Affairs (GWVI-TF) has issued a final draft report to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs proposing additional research on the widespread use of burn pits to incinerate a variety of wast material in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as hexavalent chromium contamination at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant in Basra, Iraq.

The GWVI-TF has raised the issue of enhanced medical surveillance of potential hazardous exposures to veteran's of the Gulf War who were exposed to dust, fumes and other air pollution from the burn pits.  Some malignancies have been reported in addition to respiratory, dermatological and psychological disorders.

They will also evaluate the need to provide periodic medical surveillance to Veterans who performed duty at  Iraq, and were potentially exposed to hexavalent chromium. Hexavalent chromium has numerous acute and sub-acute health affects. It is also a known human carcinogen (primarily causing lung cancer).

The report involving Long Term Consequences of Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan is due 5/1/2011.