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1 Introduction
Pages 11-14

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... This article and subsequent ones helped to trigger congressional hearings and legislative proposals requiring further study of the potential health effects that might arise from exposure to burn pits on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.
From page 12...
... Bills were introduced in 2009 and 2010 to sharply curtail the use of open-air burn pits and establish a medical surveillance system to identify veteran health effects attributed to exposure to the burning of solid waste. HR 2647, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, prohibits the use of burn pits for hazardous prohibits the use of burn pits for hazardous and medical waste except in cases where there is no alternative, 1 and the act requires the DoD to take several actions including: reporting to Congress regularly whenever burn pits are used; developing a plan for alternatives to burn pits; assessing existing medical surveillance programs of burn pits exposure and making recommendations to improve them; and studying the effects of burning plastics in open pits and evaluating the feasibility of prohibiting the burning of plastics.
From page 13...
... Discussion with staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in October 2010 on the congressional investigation of burn pits also helped to inform the committee's understanding of the available documentation on military burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although the committee conducted extensive searches of the peer-reviewed literature in its attempts to understand health consequences of exposure to burn pit smoke and emissions in Iraq and Afghanistan, there was a paucity of information published in the peer-reviewed literature related specifically to health effects from such burning.
From page 14...
... Chapter 7 summarizes the conclusions reached in Chapters 4 through 6 and synthesizes that information into an evaluation of the long-term health effects that might be associated with exposure to burn pit emissions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chapter 8 describes feasibility and design issues for an epidemiologic study of veterans exposed to burn pit emissions.

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