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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23677.
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Appendix B

Workshop Agenda

May 1, 2015
Keck Center of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, DC

10:00 a.m. Welcome | Notes on the Conduct of the Open Session | Introduction of Participants
David Savitz, Ph.D.
Committee Chair

10:15 a.m.

Ambient Air Monitoring at Deployment Locations in the Middle East

John E. Kolivosky, PE
Lead, Deployment Occupational and Environmental Health Surveillance, Army Institute of Public Health

10:45 a.m.

Balad Air Base Burn Pit Study Observations (Boots on the Ground)

Maj Charlie Toth, USAF, PE
Defense Fellow—Office of Senator Patty Murray, U.S. Senate

11:15 a.m.

Retrospective Geospacial Modeling of PM10 Exposures from Open Burning at Joint Base Balad, Iraq

John Rinker, CIH
Industrial Hygienist, Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic

11:45 a.m.

General Discussion of Open Burn Pit Emissions Data and Modeling Issues

David Savitz, Ph.D.
Moderator

12:00 p.m.

Lunch Break—Keck Center Atrium

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23677.
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1:00 p.m.

Lessons Learned from Other Registries and the Millennium Cohort Study

Gary Gackstetter, D.V.M., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Tomoko I. Hooper, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

1:40 p.m.

Analysis of VA Burn Pits Registry: Testimony at Workshop

Anthony M. Szema, M.D.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Technology & Society, College of Engineering & Applied Science, Stony Brook University; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University [via teleconference]

2:20 p.m.

Break

2:30 p.m.

Roundtable—Comments and Perspectives on the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

Adrian Atizado, Disabled American Veterans [via teleconference]
Thomas Berger, Ph.D., Vietnam Veterans of America
Carlos Fuentes, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Daniel Sullivan, The Thomas Joseph Sergeant Sullivan Center
CPT (Ret.) Le Roy Torres, U.S. Army Reserve, Veteran, U.S. Army-Iraq War Campaign and Founder, BURNPITS 360° [via Web conference]
Rosie Torres, BURNPITS 360°
Rick Weidman, Vietnam Veterans of America

4:00 p.m.

General Discussion of Issues Raised in the Workshop

David Savitz, Ph.D.
Moderator

4:30 p.m.

Workshop Adjourns

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23677.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23677.
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Military operations produce a great deal of trash in an environment where standard waste management practices may be subordinated to more pressing concerns. As a result, ground forces have long relied on incineration in open-air pits as a means of getting rid of refuse. Concerns over possible adverse effects of exposure to smoke from trash burning in the theater were first expressed in the wake of the 1990–1991 Gulf War and stimulated a series of studies that indicated that exposures to smoke from oil-well fires and from other combustion sources, including waste burning, were stressors for troops. In January 2013, Congress directed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish and maintain a registry for service members who may have been exposed to toxic airborne chemicals and fumes generated by open burn pits.

Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry analyzes the initial months of data collected by the registry and offers recommendations on ways to improve the instrument and best use the information it collects. This report assesses the effectiveness of the VA’s information gathering efforts and provides recommendations for addressing the future medical needs of the affected groups, and provides recommendations on collecting, maintaining, and monitoring information collected by the VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.

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