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Although contractors said incinerators were being used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, "we did not see any solid waste being loaded into either unit," the report said. "Rather, we observed several truckloads of solid waste being delivered to open air burn pits."

Story HighlightsExposure to burn pits linked to respiratory problems for Iraq and Afghanistan veteransReport says incinerators were not used to their capacityNew York congressman seeking center of excellence for burn pit victims

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The base generates about 54 tons of waste a day, the report said.

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"We need to at least be ready to deal with a pretty serious onslaught of diseases," Bishop told USA TODAY. "What I'm hearing is more and more people exposed to the burn pits are having symptoms."

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´╗┐air burn pits still used at bases

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would have liked" to respond in general. He cited both Agent Orange and Persian Gulf Illness as examples of the government taking decades to respond to veterans' illnesses due to war zone exposures.

WASHINGTON Open air pits where toxic materials are burned are still being used at bases in Afghanistan, a report issued Thursday shows. Forces Afghanistan that he's concerned about a new, $1.1 million contract for hauling solid waste to a local landfill when there are incinerators available.

Bishop said he hasn't heard back from the Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs about the issue, and that they've been "slower than I Adidas Adizero Ghost 2 Basketball Shoe

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The military experienced a similar problem in April, when "inadequate planning" at Forward Base Salerno, also D Rose Shoes 773

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Potential toxins from the pits include particulate matter, lead, mercury, dioxins, and irritant gases, and the "effects they may have on various organs and body systems, such as the adrenal glands, lungs, liver and stomach," the report said.

"Absent the incinerators, FOB Salerno continues potentially hazardous open air burn pit," the report said. It found that contractors would not begin remove trash to avoid burning it until this month.

burn pit victims.(Photo: Seth Wenig, AP)

His bill would establish three centers D Rose 3 Grey of excellence to research prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment and rehabilitation of health conditions associated with the burn pits. His bill has support from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, as well as the Sergeant Sullivan Center and Burn Pit 360, but he's now looking for more co sponsors.

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in Afghanistan, lead to unused $5 million incinerators and "potentially hazardous" burn pits, the inspector general said.

After spending $11.5 million to install four incinerators at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, the incinerators were either not being used to full capacity or not being used at all, exposing 13,500 Marines and sailors to potentially hazardous chemicals from the burning of trash in open pits. Central Command and the Defense Department have banned open air burn pits.

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