Saturday, June 30, 2012

US House Subcommittee Votes Approval for Burn Pit Registry Act

The House Subcommittee on Health has voted approval for the pending Open Burn Pit Registry Act of 2011 (HR 3337) [Sponsor: Rep Akin, W. Todd [MO-2] (introduced 11/3/2011)] be referred to the full House Veteran's Affairs Committee for action.

Open Burn Pit Registry Act of 2011 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to: (1) establish and maintain an open pit burn registry for members of the Armed Forces deployed in a contingency operation in Iraq or Afghanistan who may have been exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes caused by open burn pits used for disposing solid waste, (2) include in such registry information necessary to ascertain and monitor the health effects of such exposure, (3) develop a public information campaign to inform eligible individuals about the registry, and (4) periodically notify such individuals of significant developments in the study and treatment of conditions associated with such exposure.

It also requires the Secretary to: (1) contract with an independent scientific organization to develop a report assessing the effectiveness of actions taken to collect and maintain information on the health effects of such exposure, and (2) submit the completed report to Congress.

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