July 4, 2017
Veterans concerns over possible adverse effects of exposure to smoke from large trash burn pits and other emissions and dust in Southwest Asia stimulated Congressional action (Public Law 112-260, § 201) directing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish and maintain a registry for exposed service members. VA asked the National Academies to fulfill a requirement of this law for an independent scientific organization to address issues related to the establishment and conduct of the registry and use of the information collected.
The report of the Committee on the Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry was released February 28, 2017.
Exponent toxicologist, Dr. Joyce Tsuji, served as a member of this committee and is currently serving on the National Academies Standing Committee on Medical and Epidemiological Aspects of Air Pollution on U.S. Government Employees and their Families.