Afghanistan and Iraq: DoD Should Improve Adherence to Its Guidance on Open Pit Burning Solid Waste
DIANE Publishing, Apr 1, 2011 - 59 pages
From the start of military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. military and its contractors have burned solid waste in open burn pits on or near military bases. According to the DoD, burn pit emissions can potentially harm human health. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) guidance directs the military's use of burn pits, and the VA provides healthcare and other benefits to veterans and their families. This report examined the: (1) extent of open pit burning in Afghanistan and Iraq, and whether the military has followed its guidance; (2) alternatives to burn pits, and whether the military has examined them; and (3) extent of efforts to monitor air quality and potential health impacts. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand publication.
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