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9/11 survivors’ exposure to the toxic dust and the chronic health conditions that followed offer lessons that are still too often unheeded | Was Pilot and Review

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A toxic cloud of dust that fell as a ghostly, thick layer of ash and then remained in the air for more than three months after the attack exposed more than 100,000 responders and recovery workers from every state in the U.S. as well as about 400,000 residents after the terrorist attack on World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001

2,753 persons died in the Twin Towers and the surrounding area as a result of the terrorist attack. The World Trade Center dust cloud, often known as WTC dust, was made up of asbestos, cement dust and particles, and a group of substances known as persistent organic pollutants. Dioxins, which cause cancer, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which are byproducts of fuel combustion, are a couple of these. Additionally, the dust contains heavy metals that are known to be toxic to the body and brain, such as lead. In the wake of 9/11, we made tremendous strides in preparing for unexpected disasters. However, more than 20 years later, we have a lot better understanding of the risks and much more availability of protective gear that can keep first responders and disaster recovery workers safe.

Source: https://wausaupilotandreview.com/2022/09/11/9-11-survivors-exposure-to-toxic-dust-and-the-chronic-health-conditions-that-followed-offer-lessons-that-are-still-too-often-unheeded/


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