360 Post-9/11 Workers Have Died, Including 80 Of Cancer, Says State

"Given the scope of the tragedy from last week, I am glad to reassure the people of New York and Washington, D.C. that their air is safe to breath and their water is safe to drink." - Christine Todd Whitman

Source: nydailynews.com

Thursday, May 8th 2008, 4:00 AM

More than 360 workers who dealt with the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster have died, state health officials said Wednesday.

Officials have determined the cause of death of 154 of the responders and volunteers who toiled at Ground Zero, the blocks nearby and at the Fresh Kills landfill, where debris from the site was taken.

Of those, 80 died of cancer.

"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.

Most of the deadly tumors were in the lungs and digestive system, according to the tally from the state's World Trade Center Responder Fatality Investigation Program.

Other deaths were traced to blood cancers and heart and circulatory diseases. Five ex-workers committed suicide, said Kitty Gelberg, who is tracking the deaths for the program.

Gelberg said she had not yet determined whether the number of cancer deaths was more or less than those typically occurring in men in their 20s to 50s who work as cops, firefighters or laborers - the majority of 9/11 workers.

"We are not saying all of these deaths are World Trade Center-related," Gelberg said. "Without the statistics, we are not making judgment."

She added that relatives of people who died of cancer may be likely to link their loved one's death to their 9/11 work and add them to the database, despite other possible factors.

But Gelberg said she is compiling the deaths from public sources, individuals and agencies and believes there is an overall undercount of workers who have died. The statistics cover Sept. 12, 2001, through yesterday.

The city Health Department said it was "actively examining whether deaths have been elevated as a result of 9/11."

Last year, the head of Mount Sinai Medical Center's monitoring and treatment program, Dr. Robin Herbert, predicted a "third wave" of 9/11-related deaths from cancer.

"We know people were exposed to carcinogens. There was benzene, dioxin, asbestos," said her colleague Dr. Philip Landrigan. "There's reason to be concerned, so we're engaged in watchful waiting. So far, there's no excess."

Cathy Murray, whose husband, Fire Lt. John Murray, died of colon cancer April 30, "absolutely" connects his disease to his work at Ground Zero. He was diagnosed in June and was 52 when he died, she said. An FDNY spokesman couldn't immediately say where or when Murray performed 9/11-related duty, but a department letter confirms that he spent at least 40 hours at World Trade Center-designated work sites.

"He was perfectly healthy," said Cathy Murray, 53, of Staten Island. "He never smoked a day in his life, and neither did I. It happened so quick and so aggressive.

"He was responding at first, but then he wasn't," she added. "And now he's gone."

How tragic

Unspeakably tragic...we do not hear of "third waves" of victims dying from cancer and respiratory illnesses following clean-up of gravitational collapses such as those induced by earthquake or other causes...It might be useful to compare the standard of care in the demolition industry (they have to clean up their messes, too) vs. the standard of care shown at Ground Zero.

Current OSHA rules here: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/constructiondemolition/standards.html

Mech Engr P.E.


If anything were left of this country, Whitman's intentional lie would keep her in prison til old age.

Toxic Air - Media

Tuesday April 29, 2008

On Flashpoints: Activists Lose Lawsuit Against EPA for Post 9-11 Health Disaster
Jenna Orkin, activist and founder, World Trade Center Environmental Organization

(12 Minutes)

KPFA Flashpoints

Wednesday January 23, 2008

New York Public Radio investigates Rudy Giuliani and air quality reports immediately after 9/11

(8 Minutes)


Tuesday August 1, 2006

Ground zero hero Major Mike McCormack tells Alex Jones he was deliberately targeted (home raided) for releasing EPA documents which demonstrated that the Bush administration knew that 9/11 first responders were in danger

(40 Minutes)

Prison Planet

This is also a lethal stuff for the NWO boys...

It's such a tragedy, but, this is also lethal material for the Bush administration and the agenda playing out in our country.

I believe, this issue can prove extremely damaging for those with little interest left in the good of our country.

Keep it coming, Jon. Thanks.

...don't believe them!