Sen. Welch pushes 3 new bills to supplement burn pit law

Published: Jun. 23, 2023 at 6:12 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON (WCAX) - Toxic burn pits continue to be used by the U.S. military overseas despite a new law to protect service members exposed to them. Now, Vermont Senator Peter Welch and other lawmakers are working to expand those protections.

Welch has introduced three bills that would build on the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022, which expanded health care coverage for exposed veterans.

The Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act would allow families to add affected loved ones to the list of those harmed by burn pits.

The Reducing Exposure to Burn Pits Act  would seek alternatives to the practice of burning the waste.

The last component would require the Department of Defense to provide more education and outreach to veterans.

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