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Lawmakers press VA to report on delays in burn pit registry revamp


Flames flare out of a burn pit at Camp Taji, north of Baghdad, on Jan. 17, 2010. A registry launched in 2014 to track U.S. personnel exposed to toxic fumes from burn pits is in need of modernization, according to multiple members of Congress and government watchdogs. Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images

A bipartisan, bicameral legislative proposal would force the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide answers about a delayed redesign of its database of veterans’ exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during their active service. 

VA launched its Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry in 2014 to help both veterans and active duty personnel document possible exposure to toxic substances while serving abroad. The database, one of several the department uses to track toxic exposure, allows VA to “collect, analyze and publish data on health conditions that may be related to environmental exposures ...


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