“This is not unexpected. In addition to the many short or medium term effects of exposure to the environment surrounding Ground Zero, the presence of some of the chemical carcinogens leading to an increased case load of cancer in this population was expected. There will likely be discussion regarding “association” versus “causality,” and this will become a legal battle for some.
“We have had a team member with long-term disability from exposure to 9-11, and I certainly recall increased cough and upper-respiratory infection symptoms and finding soot in my saliva and nasal secretions even days after deployment to Ground Zero.
“It’s almost like admitting that smoking leads to cancer.”