Media Room

For More Information Contact

For Media Inquiries:

Dana Korsen
Phone:
202-334-2183
Fax:
202-334-2843
E-mail:
dkorsen@nas.edu

Mailing Address

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Health and Medicine Division

500 Fifth St, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Selected Filters

    • Activity: Long-Term Health Consequences of Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan [Remove]
    • Topic: Environmental Health [Remove]

Filter News

News and Announcements

The latest news from HMD, including information about new reports, activities, meetings, and other noteworthy events.


News Release

Evidence Inconclusive About Long-Term Health Effects of Exposure to Military Burn Pits
Released: 10/31/2011

Insufficient data on service members' exposures to emissions from open-air burn pits for trash on military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan is one of the reasons why it is not possible to say whether these emissions could cause long-term health effects, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. High background levels of ambient pollution from other sources and lack of information on the quantities and composition of wastes burned in the pits also complicate interpretation of the data.

Report at a Glance

  • Briefing Slides (PDF)
  • Press Release (HTML)
Reports: Related Reports
Activities: Related Activities

Media Advisory

Burn Pits and Health Consequences – IOM Report Release Oct. 31
Released: 10/19/2011

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.

Reports: Related Reports
Activities: Related Activities