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VA RIN: 2900-AR25 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Presumptive Service Connection for Respiratory Conditions Due to Exposure to Particulate Matter 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is considering rulemaking to establish presumptions of service connection for respiratory conditions based on presumed exposures to particulate matter in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War and/or a period of active service on or after September 19, 2001, in Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan during the Persian Gulf War. The VA Secretary has identified a priority to address toxic exposures and particulate matter exposure for Gulf War veterans. VA is working quickly to develop a regulatory response to the 2020 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and subsequent VA analysis examining the respiratory health effects of airborne hazards exposures on veterans who were deployed to the Southwest Asia theater of operations.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 3.319 new   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501(a)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  08/05/2021  86 FR 42724   
Interim Final Rule Effective  08/05/2021 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  10/04/2021 
Final Action  11/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jane Che
Director, Compensation Service (VBA
Department of Veterans Affairs
1800 G Street NW, 6th floor,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 461-9728