Wednesday, February 13, 2013

VA to Study Long-Term Consequences of Burn Pit Exposures

The Veterans Administration has just announced  (78 FR 23, 2/4/13) that it will study the long-term health consequences of exposure to burn pit and a rock in Afghanistan. The study of adverse effects related to military deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, highlights the increased concern to burn pit exposures that occurred in those regions.

This action follows the publication of the October 31, 2011 report of the Institute of Medicine  (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) which recommended additional studies concerning the potential long-term health consequences of exposure to burn pit in Iraq and Afghanistan.



The future study will analyze the association between burn pit exposures and  reduced pulmonary function, cancers, respiratory disease, circulatory disease, neurological disease and adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes.

Recent;y President Obama signed legislation establishing a Burn Pit Registry for Veterans. The law required the Veterans Affairs Department to establish a registry for troops and veterans who lived and worked near open-air burn pits used to dispose waste in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere overseas.

lawsuit on behalf of individuals exposed to burn pits was filed alleging that KRB, Inc.
endangered the health and safety of American soldiers in
Iraq and Afghanistan by exposing them to huge quantities of toxic 
dust, fumes and other air pollution by burning unsorted waste in vast 
open-air pits without any safety controls.



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