Bill would require military burn-pit registry
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Nov. 4 — The Veterans Affairs Department would be required to create a register for veterans who have health problems they say are related to exposure to open-air burn pits of garbage in Iraq and Afghanistan under a bill proposed in the House, the Air Force Times reported.

HR 3337, the Open Burn Pit Registry Act, is sponsored by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri.

Waste burned in pits include plastic bottles, paper trash, medical waste that included needles and syringes, soiled bandages and amputated limbs, the paper reported.

Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, is planning a companion bill the Senate, the paper reported.

“I have worked with a number of my constituents who were exposed to burn pits while serving in the military and have been suffering from very severe health problems since,” Akin told the paper. “We want to create a repository for information so as these different situations occur, we have a record of them and we can track them, because different ailments take place over an extended period of time, like cancer.”

Contact Waste & Recycling News reporter Jeremy Carroll at jcarroll@crain.com or 313-446-6780.

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