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Columbia Researchers Examine the Risks of Exposure to the Air at Ground Zero

Regina Santella, professor of environmental health sciences at the Mailman School, together with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, are looking at the quality of air breathed by workers who are exposed daily to the dust, smoke, diesel exhaust, and fumes at Ground Zero. As part of the study funded by National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, they are examining the personal samples of air breathed by teamsters and Department of Sanitation workers who are hauling debris from site to loading areas for barge transportation to dump sites and taking high volume samples of air to yield with greater sensitivity low levels of compounds and pollutants present at the site.

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Published: Feb 27, 2002
Last modified:Jan 29, 2004