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Accession Number ADA592902
Title Identifying and Reducing Health Risks Associated with Open-Air Burn Pits.
Publication Date Apr 2013
Media Count 30p
Personal Author I. J. Kyle
Abstract DOD maintains the evidence is inconclusive regarding whether exposure to burn pit emissions creates a long-term health risk for deployed personnel. Contrary to this position, several military professionals maintain the evidence is clear. An Air Force physician at Balad Air Base concurred with a 2006 memorandum and stated: In my professional opinion, the known carcinogens and respiratory sensitizers released into the atmosphere by the burn pit present both an acute and a chronic health hazard to our troops and the local population. A 2011 memorandum from an Army Officer cited evidence that air quality on Bagram Air Field was 'unhealthy' and concluded that the primary contributor was the burn pit. He also listed potential long-term health risks associated with long-term exposure to air conditions such as those found on Bagram. The 2011 memorandum led to a Congressional inquiry and passage of Public Law 112-260 directing the VA to establish an 'Open Air Burn Pit Registry.' This paper will examine studies on exposure to open-air burn pits, look at the recent legislation and potential ramifications for the VA system, and will conclude with a review of technology that might be implemented to abolish open-air burn pits.
Keywords Air quality
Burn pit registry
Health risks
Military forces(United states)
Military personnel
Open air burn pits
Particulate matter
Respiratory system

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 57A - Anatomy
57S - Physiology
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
68A - Air Pollution & Control
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environmental Information Technology Management), Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Civilian research project.
NTIS Issue Number 1412
Contract Number N/A

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