Thursday, February 24, 2011
Salon blogger raises public awareness on dangers of fire responders and others from asbestos (and it's not just 9/11, even though that's where the debate starts)
Barbara O’Brien has written a lot of material about the respondents to the 9/11 tragedy and persistent health problems, a typical link here. Or here on Salon, with this link from 2009.
There was a bill at the end of 2010, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, HR 847, 111th Congress, govtrack link here.
Science Daily has also reported that 9/11 lasting lung damage, as in this article from 2010.
One of the main risks will be mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. This is one of the most intractable malignancies once it starts.
But in general, fire fighters in older residential areas might face the same risk, and we may be exposing our public servants to this risk without realizing it. It could be that domestics and caregivers in older homes could face similar risks, that we have overlooked and underreported so far.