A significant percentage of military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan were exposed to open air pits in which large quantities of wastes were burned on military bases, including Joint Base Balad, a large, central logistics hub for U.S. forces in Iraq. Long-Term Health Consequences of Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, a new report by the Institute of Medicine, assesses what conclusions can be drawn from available evidence about the risk for health consequences for service members who came into proximity of these waste disposal pits.
Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 28. THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 11 A.M. EDT MONDAY, OCT. 31. Reporters can obtain a copy and arrange interviews with members of the authoring committee by contacting the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail email@example.com. More information on the study is available at http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Activities/Veterans/BurnPitsLongTermHealth.aspx.