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Pennsylvania sites also attacked by 9/11 terrorists. People eligible can receive services, no matter where they live now in the U.S. The director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) administers the “WTC Health Program”, paid by the federal government and New York City. 9 I was invited to participate in research into the chemical origins of the “WTC Cough” by the Naval Postgraduate School in 2010. Because no chemical-specific detectors were used, I used an indirect forensic science public policy approach, noting that almost all victims suffered from what is known in medicine as a “pulmonary edema”, characterized by fluid accumulation in the lungs, which collects in air sacs. Shortness of breath is the most common symptom of “pulmonary edema” and is due to the failure of the lungs to provide adequate Oxygen to the body. I examined the materials of construction used in World Trade Tower Centers 1 and 2 (WTCs), completed in 1973 and using from 200 to 250,000 tons of common plastic, Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as insulation in the WTCs. When the jet fuel ignited on “9/11”, the PVC was partially combusted, forming incomplete product of combustion chemicals, and creating from 10 to 15,000 tons of Phosgene within minutes. Phosgene is used both in industry and as a battle field weapon. The effects of exposure to irritants such as Hydrogen chloride, Phosgene, and particulates are dependent on the size of the particle and how readily the chemical dissolves in water. These properties determine where in the respiratory tract the chemical or particle is deposited and absorbed. Hydrogen chloride is very soluble therefore injury occurs in the upper airway as opposed to Phosgene, which effects mainly in the lower respiratory tract, the lungs. Phosgene is deadly at a concentration of 2 ppm. It appears as a white cloud and has a characteristic odor of sweet, newly mown hay in lower concentrations. Phosgene has low water solubility, so has a delayed onset of action, from 30 minutes to 8 hours. It readily reaches the respiratory alveoli and has direct toxic effects, leading to cellular damage of the alveolar-capillary membrane and subsequent pulmonary edema. 10 Alveoli tubes transfer O2 into and CO2 out of the lungs. Because there is no systemic absorption, other organs are not affected. 11 I observed that when Phosgene reacted on the moisture of the alveoli in the lungs it formed corrosive Hydrogen chloride (HCl). Phosgene had reacted with the moisture of the alveoli to form corrosive Hydrogen chloride (HCl), causing “pulmonary edemas” in both residents and fire fighters. However, all Phosgene produced by the incomplete combustion of PVC was destroyed by the large amounts of 14 water used to fire the numerous fires at “Ground Zero”, preventing detection after “9/11”. To mitigate human exposure to Phosgene and other hazardous chemicals when responding to emergencies, I am designing and deploying autonomously operated chemical security networks capable of detecting, identifying and measuring not only Phosgene, but many other chemicals using a passive standoff chemical sensor using commercially available Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR). Integrated with video surveillance, the chemical security “Tool Box” warns emergency responders of chemical hazards from up to three miles away in real-time, preventing firefighters and other emergency responders from becoming “canaries in a coal mine”, protecting both public health and critical infrastructure. Editor’s Note: Published reports within a few days of the 15th anniversary of 9/11 have indicated that Christine Todd Whitman, who was the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency at the time of the 9/11 disaster, has finally apologized after fifteen years for her claim in the days immediately after the attacks that the air around Ground Zero and in lower Manhattan was safe. The reports also indicated that Ms Whitman had stated that More on page 46

Canon U.S.A. and National Crime Prevention Council collaborate to raise awareness of theft and safety concerns to counterfeit power accessories MELVILLE, NY – October 13, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced its collaboration with the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) to promote awareness around the safety risks of using counterfeit power accessories, such as batteries, chargers, and external flashes. The production and sale of counterfeit products is an issue that not only affects the consumer electronics industry, but can affect consumer safety as well. The launch of this collaboration is scheduled to coincide with Crime Prevention Month in October, and will continue through 2017. Together with Canon U.S.A., NCPC will use its resources to provide educational tools to crime prevention practitioners, law enforcement officials, and educators who, in turn, can use those resources to teach their communities about the dangers of purchasing counterfeits. The awareness campaign will also include digital messaging directed to consumers and public service announcements as well as other videos featuring McGruff the Crime Dog®. Counterfeit items are illegal replicas of real products, designed to deceive and take advantage of the superior value of genuine merchandise. They are produced in a manner that is increasingly more difficult for average consumers to identify, which is why awareness and education efforts are so important. Furthermore, counterfeit power accessories can lead to potentially dangerous results. They typically do not contain important safety technologies and are not tested to meet industry safety standards. As a result, they may overheat, smoke, melt, ignite, or create power surges and electrical irregularities that may cause personal injury or property damage. 15 “The safety of our customers is of paramount importance,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We want to make sure our customers are aware of the dangers of counterfeit power accessories so they can avoid potential risks of hurting themselves or damaging their equipment.” “As counterfeiting of camera accessories continues to evolve, we want to make consumers aware of this risk so they can keep themselves and their equipment safe,” said Ann Harkins, president and CEO, NCPC. “Counterfeit products designed to look like genuine products from major camera manufacturers may cause damage to people and property.” NCPC is a private, nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization whose primary mission is to be the nation’s leader in helping people keep themselves, their families and their communities safe from crime. To learn more about the campaign, please visit www.ncpc.org/ stopfakes. More on page 47

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