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9/11 Dust and Heart Disease

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More than 100 children who were exposed to chemical fumes from the 9/11 attacks have a far higher risk of heart disease than they should, a new study says.

After the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001, the disaster site was omitting toxic fumes of mercury, asbestos, and jet fuel.

Experts say the fumes lingered until at least July 2002, when the clean-up was declared complete.

Now, an analysis by NYU Langone Health researchers of 308 children in the World Trade Center Health Registry (WTCHR) has shown the devastating impact this had on young people.

The 123 children with higher blood levels of the chemicals known to be in the dust had a 15 percent increase in levels of artery-hardening fats in their blood.

It is the first concrete study to lay bare the long-term cardiovascular health risks in children from toxic chemical exposure on 9/11.

In fact, a week after the attacks the EPA assured citizens that the site ‘did not pose a health hazard’. 

The agency has since admitted that was wrong – and some say that even today people living in Lower Manhattan are exposed to dangerous fumes.

WTC Museum

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It will be another eight months before the museum at New York’s Ground Zero is open for visitors, the president of the project said.

The anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center is this week, but the museum will not be completed in time.

“There is no doubt that it will be done by next spring in advance of the next anniversary,” said Joe Daniels, president of the September 11th Memorial and Museum foundation.

The complex nature of the construction, which is taking place underground, has made for slow going, and there has been a dispute over financing with the Port Authority that CBS News said brought work to a halt for months last year.

The museum entrance includes massive steel girders from the World Trade Center as well as part of the staircase WTC workers used to evacuate one of the doomed towers.

Some of the museum exhibits, including rescue vehicles that were wrecked in the collapse, are already in place.

“I’d put us in the 75 percent-there stage, although this last 25 percent is some of the most difficult work, which is the installation of the exhibitory itself,” Daniels said.