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Air Pollutants

Exposure during military service to the airborne hazards listed below could potentially cause certain health problems in Veterans, depending on a number of other factors.

Check your eligibility and sign up for the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to document your exposures and health concerns through an online questionnaire.

Smoke rising from a burn pitBurn Pits
Open-air pit waste disposal at military sites

Oil well fire during the Gulf WarOil Well Fire (Gulf War)
Oil or gas wells that caught on fire and burned during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm

Smoke of sulfur fire Sulfur Fire (Al Mishraq, Iraq)
Sulfur plant burned almost a month in June 2003; large amounts of sulfur dioxide released into the air

Dust surrounding a group of paratroopersSand, Dust and Particulates
Tiny airborne matter that can cause respiratory and other health problems

Smoke pouring out of a smokestackAtsugi Waste Incinerator
Atsugi, Japan: Combustion waste disposal that burned industrial and medical waste