Thursday, June 6, 2013

VA Requests Public Comments on Establishment of Open Burn Pit Registry

The US Department of  Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it is accepting public comments on the establishment of The Burn Pit Registry. The VA has been mandated by Congress to establish a Burn Pit Registry to monitor those in military service who may have been exposed to toxic agents as a result of burn pit exposures while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Registerconcerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed new collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments for information needed to ascertain and monitor the health effects of the exposure of members of the Armed Forces to toxic airborne chemicals and fumes caused by open burn pits."

"Web-based data will be collected to provide outreach and quality health services to Open Burn Pit Registry participants and improve VA's ability to understand the health effects of exposure. Participant health concerns, demographics, deployment information, environmental monitoring data, self-reported exposures, health status, and health care utilization will be monitored of over time through routine and adhoc analysis to improve health care programs and develop hypotheses for health effects exposure.

"Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before August 5, 2013."

On Feb. 23, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed the burn pit lawsuits that were consolidated in In re KBR Inc. Burn Pit Litigation. An appeal is presently pending in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Read more about the Burn Pit Registry:
Dec 21, 2012
U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced today that their bipartisan legislation to create a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air ...
Jan 11, 2013
"President Obama signed legislation Thursday requiring 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 ...
Jul 12, 2012
Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, today thanked the House Veterans Affairs Committee for moving his Open Burn Pit Registry Act forward. The Open Burn Pit ...
Jun 30, 2012
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 ...