Beginning with the Gulf War in 1990, the U.S. military used open-air combustion as waste management for large-scale refuse disposal at most installations in Southwest Asia. Over 50 tons of toxic materials, including human and medical waste, ammunition, metals, and plastic, were burned daily.
The PACT Act was signed into law August 10th, 2022, to address the diseases and illnesses associated with exposure to burn pits. The PACT Act made certain locations, contingency operations, and medical conditions presumptive to burn pit exposure. The list of presumptive medical conditions due to burn pit exposure can be found here.
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