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H.R. 3327 (115th): Jack Alderson Toxic Exposure Declassification Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 20, 2017 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3327

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 20, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Young of Alaska, Mr. Jones, and Mr. Marshall) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To require the Secretary of Defense to declassify certain documents related to incidents in which members of the Armed Forces were exposed to toxic substances.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Jack Alderson Toxic Exposure Declassification Act.

2.

Declassification by Department of Defense of certain incidents of exposure of members of the Armed Forces to toxic substances

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Defense shall declassify documents related to any known incident in which not fewer than 100 members of the Armed Forces were exposed to a toxic substance that resulted in at least one case of a disability that a member of the medical profession has determined to be associated with that toxic substance.

(b)

Limitation

The declassification required by subsection (a) shall be limited to information necessary for an individual who was potentially exposed to a toxic substance to determine the following:

(1)

Whether that individual was exposed to that toxic substance.

(2)

The potential severity of the exposure of that individual to that toxic substance.

(3)

Any potential health conditions that may have resulted from exposure to that toxic substance.

(c)

Exception

The Secretary of Defense is not required to declassify documents if the Secretary determines that declassification of those documents would materially and immediately threaten the security of the United States.

(d)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Armed Forces

The term Armed Forces has the meaning given that term in section 101 of title 10, United States Code.

(2)

Exposed

The term exposed means, with respect to a toxic substance, that an individual came into contact with that toxic substance in a manner that could be hazardous to the health of that individual, that may include if that toxic substance was inhaled, ingested, or touched the skin or eyes.

(3)

Exposure

The term exposure means, with respect to a toxic substance, an event during which an individual was exposed to that toxic substance.

(4)

Toxic substance

The term toxic substance means any substance determined by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to be harmful to the environment or hazardous to the health of an individual if inhaled or ingested by or absorbed through the skin of that individual.