Tuesday, March 11, 2014

UPDATE: Arizona House passes house memorial urging Congress and president to recognize health risks of military open-air burn pits

UPDATE: Arizona House passes house memorial urging Congress and president to recognize health risks of military open-air burn pits

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The Arizona House of Representatives passed a house memorial introduced by Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix (District 19), that would call attention to health risks that war veterans could face as a result of exposure to open-air burn pits.

Cardenas said that open-air burn pits were used extensively during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, instead of incinerators, to dispose of waste materials until bases could become more established.

“Exposure to burn pits can result in serious illnesses,” said Cardenas. “Some veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan may have health problems that could have resulted from contact with the smoke from waste in these pits.”

A house memorial is a measure containing a request for another entity to act on an issue over which the Arizona Legislature does not have jurisdiction. HM 2002 would require that a message be sent to the president and Congress, urging them to recognize the significant health risks associated with open-air burn pit exposure.

The Arizona House passed HM 2002 by a vote of 45-13. It will now go to the Arizona Secretary of State, who will distribute it to the president and Congress.

A full copy of the house memorial is available at:




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