October 19, 2016
By Lorra B.
In Iraq and Afghanistan burn pits are a way to dispose of military waste.
According to a July 13 memo by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, exposure to burn pits do not pose any long-term health issues. However, military and civilian contractors have a very different view of the pits and refer to them as ‘the new Agent Orange,’ as thousands fall severely ill or die after exposure to the pits.
Since 2001 hundreds of these huge pits have been used to burn solid waste products. This, however, left those working the pits and those living nearby completely exposed to the toxic smoke.
With the growing concern and health issues, in 2009 The Department of Defense decided to limit when the pits could be used.
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