Per one congressional study, there were at one time at least 84 burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq. Due to the potential health issues from the burn pits, the American Lung Association got involved and issued a strong recommendation to discontinue the use of burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a result of the health issues the burn pits were creating, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2009 requires the military to look for alternative means of waste disposal. The National Defense Authorization Act also requires the Department of Defense to determine the effects of the burn pits on the troops. The plaintiff attorneys and their clients got a boost on October 15, 2010, when the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported on four burn pits it surveyed in Iraq that they were not being operated per the standards outlined in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2009.
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