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.