The collapse of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers required a massive effort by emergency personnel and clean-up crews. Those on the scene in the hours, days and months following Sept. 11, 2001, were victims of high asbestos exposure. Many rescuers and workers developed serious health problems they feel originated from the dangerous conditions at Ground Zero.
Asbestosis and mesothelioma are lethal diseases linked to the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Asbestos-related diseases can be inactive for decades before diagnosis. More than 2,300 people, including Pennsylvania workers, were called in to clear asbestos from the Twin Towers site. Some are experiencing respiratory problems they fear will lead to serious health issues.