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Lung Problems Worsening for 9/11 Responders, Study Says

A New England Journal of Medicine article describing the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center’s long-term study of respiratory function in 13,000 9/11 rescue workers from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) found that work at Ground Zero had “exposed thousands of persons to a dense, persistent dust cloud.” Read the abstract HERE or the full text HERE.

D.C. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter King (R-NY), and Michael McMahon (D-NY) issued the following statement on the study:

“The New England Journal of Medicine study adds to the list of respected, peer-reviewed studies that confirms what we’ve known all along: World Trade Center responders are sick because of ground zero dust, and they are not getting better. The good news is that, with the support of the Administration and bipartisan support in Congress, we are making real progress toward passing our legislation, the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which would ensure that our brave WTC responders and survivors are entitled to the long-term care they need and deserve.”

For Fire Engineering‘s complete coverage of the 9/11 response, go HERE.