I knew a NYC- based IH consultant who grabbed a car-load of respirators on 11 September and went to the vicinity of what came to be called Ground Zero. He handed out respirators to first responders until they were gone. People eagerly grabbed them from his hands but were unwilling to take 10 minutes to learn how to wear them correctly.
From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Monona Rossol
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 10:44 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines (13 articles)
Thanks for the 9/11 stuff. I'm proud to say that the first media warning about the chronic toxicity of the dust was a radio broadcast Leonard Lopate and I did on WNYC on September 17. No one believed us.
The first press release on the toxicity and asbestos content of the dust backed up by our own sampling data was in a joint statement from ACTS and the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project (NYELJP) on September 22. Still, almost no one put on the respirators even after countless public meetings and speeches.
I worked with NYELJP in lower Manhattan doing sampling, training and consulting in almost all of the fire houses in lower Manhattan and many apartment buildings. I spent a day in the Staten Island Landfill where the FBI was working to go through all the debris there. I was there to get the data needed for the IH from the Smithsonian and I to write a protocol for cleaning up the many artifacts (damaged art works, burned out fire trucks and taxis, etc.,) from the landfill that are now exhibited in the 9/11 museum.
It was just so obvious what was going to happen to the people who inhaled that stuff. Just like it is obvious what is happening to fire fighters in California, Arizona, etc., right now. And to the idiots who are deliberately inhaling smoke from marijuana and who will soon be part of the lung cancer stats. Smoke is never good for you. But the smoke from burning buildings full of plastics, paints, household chemicals, and composite wood products is particularly hazardous.
What ever happened to common sense?
9/11 TOXIC AIR WAS INITIALLY MET WITH SKEPTICISM (VIDEO)
Tags: us_NY, public, discovery, death, unknown_chemical
Seventeen years after 9/11, the CDC reports that almost 10,000 first responders and survivors have been diagnosed with cancer. Nearly 3,000 people died during the attack and some outlets report that "Deaths from 9/11 diseases will soon outnumber those lost on that fateful day."
Bridget Gormley lost her firefighter father years after 9/11. He died of 9/11 related cancer. She said, "It sounds a bit morbid when I say this, but if you think about it, it was the perfect terrorist attack because you killed so many people that day, but not only that. Now you have this lasting effect that's going. And it's going to be multi-generations. There are kids that are being born with issues now, too."
FBI EMPLOYEES GRAPPLE WITH 9/11-RELATED ILLNESSES, DEATHS
Tags: us_NY, public, follow-up, death, dust
For hundreds of FBI employees and their families, the anniversary of 9/11 magnifies anxieties that haunt them to this day.
FBI first responders and those involved in the investigation of the worst terror attack in U.S. history continue to be diagnosed with life-threatening diseases. The FBI, doctors and health experts say toxic exposure from fumes, dust and chemicals at the crash sites are the likely cause.
As of the 17th anniversary of the attacks on Tuesday, 15 FBI agents have died from cancers linked to their roles in the 9/11 investigation. Three of them have died in just the last six months.
Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President: Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012 212-777-0062
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