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29. From the Salon article:

The snippet below is a discussion concerning just Deutsche Bank:

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The dust, 3 feet deep in places, filled the hallways. A dangerous toxic mold spread from the two damp basement levels, shooting sticky black vines like alien fingertips through the elevator shafts to the upper floors. On the north side of the building a 24-story-tall gash exposed the dust and mold to the wind, sun and rain. Most of the windows were gone.

The building was directly downwind of the plume of toxic debris pumped through Manhattan and Brooklyn by the force of the Trade Center collapse, and it provides one of the best records of what made up the cloud. For months after the attacks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency insisted that the dust contained few contaminants and posed little health risk to anyone but those caught in the initial plume from the towers' collapse. "Everything we've tested for, which includes asbestos, lead, and volatile organic compounds, have been below any level of concern for the general public health," Christine Todd Whitman, then the Bush administration's EPA chief, told PBS "NewsHour" in April 2002. Even last December, assistant regional EPA administrator Kathleen Callahan reiterated that assessment before the New York City Council: "I think the results that we're getting back show that there isn't contamination everywhere."

But Deutsche Bank's owners, curious to know the extent of their liability and to properly evaluate the potential danger to their own employees, privately conducted their own extensive tests. The findings: Astronomical levels of asbestos and a long list of toxic ingredients that pose a significant risk of cancer, birth defects, nerve damage and other ominous health problems.

More than 2,000 buildings in lower Manhattan were exposed to the same wave of debris and dust, and many were filled with residents and office workers within days after the attacks. Today, the Deutsche Bank findings and an emerging body of studies by private agencies and the EPA itself sharply contradict the initial EPA assessment and suggest that the federal government overlooked a substantial threat that could ultimately harm more people than the terrorist attacks.

The cloud of pulverized debris was a virtual soup of toxic substances: Cancer-causing asbestos. PCBs -- one of the most toxic and dangerous industrial chemicals -- from a giant electrical transformer and waste oil. Mercury, which can cause nerve damage and birth defects, from the thousands of laptop computer screens that were atomized that day. Thousands of tons of pulverized concrete, which can sear the soft membrane of the lungs. Dioxin, which can damage the central nervous system and cause birth defects. The EPA's final report on air quality released in January 2003 called the Trade Center collapse the largest single release of dioxin in world history -- more than enough, on its own, to establish lower Manhattan as a federal Superfund site.

Immediately after the towers collapsed, and as fires burned for days afterward, that cloud filtered its way through window seals and ventilation ducts of thousands of buildings, even those thought to be undamaged and safe. It accumulated in the corners of homes, behind bookcases and under beds. Even today, it is in the carpeting of schools and on the desktops of offices, in the ventilation systems of many buildings that have not been cleaned.

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There's more devasting information out there that include other damaging chemicals. Just look at the links added in this thread. You can listen to some devastating discussions here:

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  -WTC death toll growing (Polish daily) marekjed  Aug-10-05 07:47 PM   #0 
  - thanks for posting ...  Lisa   Aug-10-05 07:53 PM   #1 
  - You could get in touch with the doctor  marekjed   Aug-10-05 07:55 PM   #2 
  - Another bit of info that the American MSM will not carry...  BrklynLiberal   Aug-10-05 07:56 PM   #3 
  - Wasnt Asbestos used in the WTC?  Beaver Tail   Aug-10-05 07:59 PM   #4 
  - Asbestos and all the plastics  marekjed   Aug-10-05 08:08 PM   #8 
  - Yes, asbestos was used in the WTC towers.  despairing optimist   Aug-10-05 08:08 PM   #9 
  - yes -- the epidemiology guy in my department looked at the cloud ...  Lisa   Aug-10-05 08:12 PM   #10 
  - CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF A DISASTER  hack89   Aug-10-05 08:16 PM   #14 
  - I thought about this when Peter  EC   Aug-10-05 10:13 PM   #24 
  - I think that asbestos exposure takes longer to kill you..  Princess Turandot   Aug-10-05 10:35 PM   #26 
  - Any comments from the EPA on this ?  Spinzonner   Aug-10-05 08:01 PM   #5 
  - Yup  Incitatus   Aug-10-05 08:06 PM   #6 
  - That lie may have been at least one of the reasons Christie Whitman quit  despairing optimist   Aug-10-05 08:12 PM   #11 
  - Bush to New Yorkers: Drop Dead  marekjed   Aug-10-05 08:14 PM   #13 
     - One more from Salon  marekjed   Aug-10-05 08:27 PM   #16 
  - More murder on the Bu$hco Crime Family hands.  Al-CIAda   Aug-10-05 08:07 PM   #7 
  - wondering if christopher reeves wife spent time near ground zero ??  nashville_brook   Aug-10-05 08:13 PM   #12 
  - Didn't Peter Jennings  Tuesday_Morning   Aug-10-05 08:41 PM   #19 
     - good point -- wonder how many new yorkers are going to be coming  nashville_brook   Aug-10-05 09:51 PM   #22 
  - WhiteHouse WTC death toll will exceed Osama's  Alpharetta   Aug-10-05 08:18 PM   #15 
  - I'm still amazed at the lies from this administration.  MelissaB   Aug-10-05 08:30 PM   #17 
  - It should make you angrier. I remember news photos of the insides  Gay Green   Aug-10-05 08:41 PM   #20 
  - Here's the sad part...  frictionlessO   Aug-10-05 09:59 PM   #23 
  - bummer  Mr_Spock   Aug-10-05 08:34 PM   #18 
  - Another Link  CHIMO   Aug-10-05 08:45 PM   #21 
  - thanks for finding + we all need  bobbieinok   Aug-10-05 10:17 PM   #25 
  - Thanks for posting. There were heroes all over the place on that day.  applegrove   Aug-10-05 10:35 PM   #27 
  - I really doubt it.  Stephanie   Aug-10-05 10:43 PM   #28 
  - "we would have heard about it"  rman   Aug-11-05 05:33 AM   #31 
  - Apparently you think I am stupid.  Stephanie   Aug-11-05 06:48 AM   #32 
     - The collapse of the towers caused massive health problems for many  rman   Aug-11-05 08:58 AM   #36 
        - I am not arguing that people's health is affected  Stephanie   Aug-11-05 10:34 AM   #37 
  - That's why I posted contact information  marekjed   Aug-11-05 07:21 AM   #33 
     - I agree that everyone who breathed the air at Ground Zero is at risk  Stephanie   Aug-11-05 07:51 AM   #34 
  - From the Salon article:  dmr   Aug-11-05 05:04 AM   #29 
  - Anybody have any info about how FAR uptown the mess may have spread?  demodonkey   Aug-11-05 05:24 AM   #30 
     - an apt full of WTC dust? I would think that is very hazardous.  Stephanie   Aug-11-05 07:55 AM   #35 
        - Not sure if it is WTC dust or just plain dust...  demodonkey   Aug-11-05 08:40 PM   #38 
           - just to chime in here -- very fine particulates can travel a long way  Lisa   Aug-11-05 10:28 PM   #39 

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