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January 26, 2013

President Obama Signs VA Burn Pit Registry Law, Sec 201

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On Jan. 10, 2013, President Obama signed S. 3202 which requires VA to establish a burn pits registry for Veterans who may have been exposed to burn pits in Iraq or Afghanistan. VA will announce how to sign up once the registry is available.

Lawmakers require VA to track effects of burn pits
By KEVIN FREKING | Associated Press

VA Burn Pit website http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/burnpits/index.asp

S. 3202
One Hundred Twelfth Congress of the United States of America

TITLE II—HEALTH CARE
SEC. 201. ESTABLISHMENT OF OPEN BURN PIT REGISTRY.
(a) ESTABLISHMENT OF REGISTRY.—
(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than one year after the date
of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
shall—
(A) establish and maintain an open burn pit registry
for eligible individuals who may have been exposed to
toxic airborne chemicals and fumes caused by open burn
pits;
(B) include any information in such registry that the
Secretary of Veterans Affairs determines necessary 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;
(C) develop a public information campaign to inform
eligible individuals about the open burn pit registry,
including how to register and the benefits of registering;
and
(D) periodically notify eligible individuals of significant
developments in the study and treatment of conditions
associated with exposure to toxic airborne chemicals and
fumes caused by open burn pits.
(2) COORDINATION.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall
coordinate with the Secretary of Defense in carrying out paragraph
(1).
(b) REPORT TO CONGRESS.—
(1) REPORTS BY INDEPENDENT SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATION.—
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall enter into an agreement
with an independent scientific organization to prepare reports
as follows:
(A) Not later than two years after the date on which
the registry under subsection (a) is established, an initial
report containing the following:
(i) An assessment of the effectiveness of actions
taken by the Secretaries to collect and maintain
information on the health effects of exposure to toxic
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airborne chemicals and fumes caused by open burn
pits.
(ii) Recommendations to improve the collection and
maintenance of such information.
(iii) Using established and previously published
epidemiological studies, recommendations regarding
the most effective and prudent means of addressing
the medical needs of eligible individuals with respect
to conditions that are likely to result from exposure
to open burn pits.
(B) Not later than five years after completing the initial
report described in subparagraph (A), a follow-up report
containing the following:
(i) An update to the initial report described in
subparagraph (A).
(ii) An assessment of whether and to what degree
the content of the registry established under subsection
(a) is current and scientifically up-to-date.
(2) SUBMITTAL TO CONGRESS.—
(A) INITIAL REPORT.—Not later than two years after
the date on which the registry under subsection (a) is
established, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit
to Congress the initial report prepared under paragraph
(1)(A).
(B) FOLLOW-UP REPORT.—Not later than five years after
submitting the report under subparagraph (A), the Secretary
of Veterans Affairs shall submit to Congress the
follow-up report prepared under paragraph (1)(B).
(c) DEFINITIONS.—In this section:
(1) ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUAL.—The term ‘‘eligible individual’’
means any individual who, on or after September 11, 2001—
(A) was deployed in support of a contingency operation
while serving in the Armed Forces; and
(B) during such deployment, was based or stationed
at a location where an open burn pit was used.
(2) OPEN BURN PIT.—The term ‘‘open burn pit’’ means an
area of land located in Afghanistan or Iraq that—
(A) is designated by the Secretary of Defense to be
used for disposing solid waste by burning in the outdoor
air; and
(B) does not contain a commercially manufactured
incinerator or other equipment specifically designed and
manufactured for the burning of solid waste.

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