The Toxic Clouds of 9/11: A Looming Health Disaster

Produced and Directed by Alison Johnson
A Johnson/Startzman Film
Post-Production CineVision Productions
2006    60 minutes
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Direct TV aired The Toxic Clouds of 9/11 nationwide in in late 2007 and early 2008.

Almost 3,000 people died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. How many more will die from the toxic exposures engendered by the World Trade Center collapse and fires? The media has recently reported several 9/11-related deaths, and thousands of New Yorkers are now chronically ill with problems that include severe asthma, lung disease, gastrointestinal symptoms, unusual memory loss, rashes, and joint and muscle. pain. Following 9/11, banners and bumper stickers appeared everywhere saying that the heroes of 9/11 would never be forgotten, but now all too many First Responders and others find their lives a nightmare as they struggle virtually unaided to keep working while suffering from devastating health problems.


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Endorsements for "The Toxic Clouds of 9/11":
"I wish every politician and policymaker could see this moving and powerful film. It is a wake-up call. Thousands are already sick and thousands more may become ill in the months and years to come. As a nation, we have the moral and ethical obligation to mobilize the resources necessary to respond effectively to this looming public health crisis."
Congressman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY
Representative for the Ground Zero District
"This compelling film will help people understand the very serious health impacts caused by exposure to the multiple chemicals contained in the 9/11 pollution and the devastating effects that these illnesses have had on people’s lives."

Suzanne Mattei 
Sierra Club NYC Executive
"This documentary provides an excellent overview of health problems among New Yorkers exposed to the WTC toxins, including the often neglected issue of the risk of developing a condition known as multiple chemical sensitivity."
Christine Oliver, M.D.
Harvard Medical School
"raise[s] extremely troubling issues of which many individuals are unaware. . . well produced and soundly researched, with highly knowledgeable experts offering commentary. Toxic Clouds . . . resonates so deeply in the public psyche; it belongs in every public library."
Library Journal
March 1, 2007

List of those filmed:

-Congressman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY
-Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, D-NY
-Congressman Christopher Shays, R-CT
  Jay Feldman
Beyond Pesticides Director
-Hugh Kaufman, Chief Investigator
Office of the EPA Ombudsman
  Alison Johnson
Author, Producer/Director
-Stephen Levin, M.D., Director, Mount Sinai
Occupational and Environmental Clinic
  Alex Sanchez
Building Cleanup Worker
-William Meggs, M.D., Ph.D.
Brody School of Medicine, NC
  Thomas Michaels
NYPD Detective
-Christine Oliver, M.D.
Harvard Medical School
  Kelly Colangelo
Lower Manhattan Resident
-Joel Kupferman
NY Environmental Law and Justice Center
  Rachel Hughes
Lower Manhattan Office Employee
-David Worby, Attorney
9/11 Workers’ Class Action Suit
  Jenna Orkin
WTC Enviromental Organization
-Suzanne Mattei
NYC Sierra Club Director
  Robert Gulack
SEC Attorney
-John Sferazo, Iron Worker
President, Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes
  Jenn Duncan
Brooklyn Resident
-Marvin Bethea, Paramedic
Cofounder, Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes
  Bonnie Giebfried, EMT
Board, Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes