ORGANIZATION OF THE REPORT
This report includes the committee’s assessment of the potential long-term health effects of exposure to burn pit smoke in Iraq and Afghanistan along with feasibility and design issues for an epidemiologic study of veterans exposed to the Balad burn pit. Chapter 2 provides information on the current and historical use of burn pits in the military and the history of concerns about possible health risks related to exposure to burn pit smoke. The committee’s approach to the task is described in Chapter 3. An evaluation of air monitoring data from JBB and determinants of exposure are discussed in Chapter 4. The long-term health effects associated with the chemicals identified in the emissions from the burn pit at JBB are discussed in Chapter 5. Chapter 6 summarizes the potential long-term health effects associated with exposure to combustion products for other populations such as firefighters. Chapter 7 summarizes the conclusions reached in Chapters 4 through 6 and synthesizes that information into an evaluation of the long-term health effects that might be associated with exposure to burn pit emissions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chapter 8 describes feasibility and design issues for an epidemiologic study of veterans exposed to burn pit emissions.
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