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Delgado co-sponsors bill tracking veterans exposure to toxic chemicals

Mar 07, 2019 12:31 am
On March 5 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act 416-0, with local Rep. Antonio Delgado as one of the cosponsors. The bill amends the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Registry of 2013, that tracks data on veterans exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits used at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan to dispose of waste. “Whether it’s conversations with members of my Veterans Advisory Committee or other veterans across the district, it’s clear that Congress is lagging behind on addressing mental and physical health issues that veterans suffer from outside of direct combat – and burn pit exposure is one example of that,” Delgado said in a press release. “To successfully address burn pit exposure, we need all the information we can get. I’m proud to be a cosponsor of this bill to enhance the Burn Pit Registry, and I hope that the Senate will take action on this quickly.”
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