There are simply no safe levels of exposure to toxins. Part 3 World Trade Rescue Workers

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Medical experts have stated that it still may be at least another decade before the full effects of the attacks are witnessed as diseases may take longer to develop in some people than others, but already many have died from lung disease and many are dying now. The high rate of deaths have been explained away of course. Again we state there are simply no safe levels of exposure to toxins.

The dust from the collapsed towers was “wildly toxic”, according to air pollution expert and University of California Davis Professor Emeritus Thomas Cahill. The thousands of tons of toxic debris resulting from the collapse of the Twin Towers consisted of more than 2,500 contaminants, more specifically: 50% non-fibrous material and construction debris; 40% glass and other fibers; 9.2% cellulose; and 0.8% of the extremely toxic carcinogen asbestos, as well as detectable amounts of lead, and mercury.

There were also unprecedented levels of dioxin and PAHs from the fires which burned for three months. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), also known as poly-aromatic hydrocarbons or polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons are chemical compounds. PAHs occur in oil, coal, and tar deposits, and are produced as by products of “fuel burning.” As a pollutant, they are of concern because some compounds have been identified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic.

 Natural crude oil and coal deposits contain significant amounts of PAHs, arising from chemical conversion of natural product molecules, such as steroids, to aromatic hydrocarbons. They are also found in processed fossil fuels, tar and various edible oils. Certain alternant PAHs are called “benzenoid” PAHs. The name comes from benzene, an aromatic hydrocarbon with a single, six-membered ring. These can be benzene rings interconnected with each other by single carbon-carbon bonds and with no rings remaining that do not contain a complete benzene ring.

 The U.S. EPA has designated 32 PAH compounds as priority pollutants. The original 16 are listed. They are naphthalene, acenaphthylene, acenaphthene, fluorene, phenanthrene, anthracene, fluoranthene, pyrene, benzo[a]anthracene, chrysene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, benzo[k]fluoranthene, benzo[a]pyrene, dibenz[a,h]anthracene, benzo perylene, and indeno pyrene. This list of the 16 EPA priority PAHs is often targeted for measurement in environmental samples.

Many of the dispersed substances (asbestos, crystalline silica, lead, cadmium, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) are carcinogenic; other substances can trigger kidney, heart, liver and nervous system deterioration. This was well known by the EPA at the time of collapse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_arising_from_the_September_11_attacks

New York State health officials have released statistics indicating that 360 9/11 rescue workers have since died, but have also admitted that there is an overall undercount. The New York Daily News reports that of those deaths 154 have been explained and 80 have died of various forms of cancer, mostly impacting the lungs and digestive system while others were related to blood cancers and heart and circulatory diseases.

 From my Part 1 research on Benzene. There are simply no safe levels of exposure to toxins. Part 1 Introduction The short term breathing of high levels of benzene can result in death, while low levels can cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid heart rate, headaches, tremors, confusion, and unconsciousness. Eating or drinking foods containing high levels of benzene can cause vomiting, irritation of the stomach, dizziness, sleepiness, convulsions, and death.

The major effects of benzene are manifested via chronic (long-term) exposure through the blood. Benzene damages the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. It can also cause excessive bleeding and depress the immune system, increasing the chance of infection. Benzene causes leukemia and is associated with other blood cancers and pre-cancers of the blood.).

Also see Part 2 Jet Fuel and TOXIC. https://freemenow.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/there-are-simply-no-safe-levels-of-exposure-to-toxins-part-2-jet-fuel/

EPA warning Benzene — Air Toxics Web siteUS EPA

“Benzene is found in the air from emissions from burning coal and oil.” http://www.epa.gov/ttnatw01/hlthef/benzene.html

One of the many toxins released in burning oil. Sadly being released into the gulf today. “It’s the tip of the iceberg,” said David Worby, who is representing 10,000 workers – 600 with cancer – who say they got sick after working on rescue and recovery efforts. “These statistics bear out how toxic that site was,” Worby said.

The Statistics were released by the World Trade Center Responder Fatality Investigation Program. While insisting the state is “not making judgment” on whether all the deaths were related to the toxic air around ground zero, which was filled with asbestos, mercury, lead and other contaminants, official Kitty Gelberg did say that she believes there to be an overall undercount of rescuers and workers who have died since 9/11.

In spite of the state’s refusal to be drawn on whether there has been an elevation in deaths due to 9/11, it was revealed back In 2006, almost five years on from the disaster, that there has been a startling increase in cases of a particular lung scarring disease, known as sarcoidosis, among firefighters, which rose to five times the expected rate in the two years after the attacks.

 At the time the New York Times reported:

 “The most worrisome to medical experts are granulomatous pulmonary diseases, which show a particular type of swirling marks left on the lungs by foreign matter like dust. Doctors say the severity of the disease is often dictated by a patient’s genetic makeup. The diseases include pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis, a sometimes fatal disorder that can be set off when exposure to dust causes the body’s immune system to attack itself. “

Medical experts have stated that it still may be at least another decade before the full effects of the attacks are witnessed as diseases may take longer to develop in some people than others. It is estimated that around 40,000 people were involved in rescue work around the World Trade Center site and the Fresh Kills landfill where debris was taken immediately following the attacks.

 The number effected may be significantly more than that however given that a recent study by Mount Sinai Medical Center revealed that out of 70,000 participants, 85 percent are suffering some kind of respiratory problem. A previous study in 2006 by the medical center also found that of of 9,442 workers, 70% suffer breathing problems. This was also the figure gleaned from a further study in 2007.

Though the center’s figures have been criticized and questioned by some, they are the only real source to go on given that the city, state and federal governments did not engage in any form of research into or treatment of 9/11 related illnesses for some time after the attacks, and still have not set about a truly committed program to do so.

Dr. Robin Herbert, Co-director of the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program at Mount Sinai has indicated that there may be three “waves” of illnesses experienced by ground zero workers. The first wave refers to coughing and respiratory problems, the second wave includes severe chronic lung diseases and the third wave could be fatal cancers.

Dr. Michael Baden, chief forensic pathologist for the New York State Police and the former chief medical examiner of New York City, has reviewed several ground zero-related autopsies, and has commented “Three thousand people may have died, but 100,000 others may have been exposed”.

We have extensively reported on the fact that the EPA knowingly gave misleading information to residents and workers regarding the air quality in the aftermath of the attacks and how a cover up, which leads to officials at the very top, has ensued. The heroes of 9/11 have been shunned by a government that still refuses cover the costs of healthcare for the vast majority of the stricken because to do so would be an admission of culpability.

 Last month it was reported that some of the heroes who have since succumbed to dust-related illnesses will be memorialized on the NYPD’s “Wall of Heroes” for officers killed in the line of duty. Sadly, more space will be needed on that wall in the months and years to come as the officials ultimately responsible for this continuing tragedy remain unpunished. http://www.infowars.net/articles/may2008/090508Workers.htm

PD Detective James Zadroga, 34, was the first 9/11 responder whose 2006 death was directly linked with toxic Ground Zero substances.[19] Gerard Breton, a pathologist of the Ocean County, New Jersey medical examiner’s office (which conducted an autopsy), reported that “It is felt with a reasonable degree of medical certainty that the cause of death in this case was directly related to the 9/11 incident.”

Cesar Borja, a veteran of the NYPD, died, falling ill from lung disease. He had spent 16 hour days at the smoldering wreckage of Ground Zero.[55] Detective Robert Williamson, 46, died from pancreatic and lung cancer on May 13, 2007. He worked for 16 hour days, without taking days off, in performing recovery work at the Ground Zero site. After the cleanup effort, he was among individuals that lobbied Governor George Pataki to sign a bill permitting retirees suffering from Ground Zero illnesses to have their illnesses reclassified and to receive additional pension benefits. His family and union believe that his cancers were directly caused by exposure to Ground Zero dust at the World Trade Center site.

20 year veteran of the NYPD, Officer Kevin Hawkins, 41, died in May 2007 from kidney cancer, soon after filing for a Ground Zero disability pension. He had worked two months at the Ground Zero site.[58] NYPD Officer Frank Macri died of lung cancer that spread throughout his body on September 3, 2007. Macri’s lungs were filled with dust when the towers collapsed and he later spent two months working on the site. The long hours on the site gave him vomiting spells and he was diagnosed with an already rapidly progressing stage four cancer only one year after the attack, despite being a non-smoker and cancer free before the attacks.

Flight 11 “likely contained about 10,000 gallons of Jet A4fuel (66,700 pounds)”. (North Tower, impacted at 8:46 a.m.)

Flight 175 contained “about 9,100 gal (62,000 lbs) South Tower, impacted at 9:02 a.m.)

19.100 gallons of jet fuel containing HAZARDOUS INGREDIENTS

Please compare symptoms to chemical hazards in crude oil in Part One and Part Two hazard chemicals in Jet Fuel.

Part 4 is EXXON Valdez Crude OIL and Corexit.

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  1. […] There are simply no safe levels of exposure to toxins. Part 3 World Trade Rescue Workers « Fre… […]

  2. THERE WERE NO “ACCIDNETS”…..ALL THAT HAPPENED SO FAR WAS VERY DELIBERATE.

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