Sound Health Research Institute

March 6, 2002

World Trade Center: Toxicity Study

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Report Index:  Introduction, Background, Pilot Study, Method, Applications, Appendix, Toxin Information

Submitted by Jennifer Budz of Tones for Living, Inc. of Warwick, NY
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Possible Toxin Information

ACROLEIN used in the manufacturing of colloidal forms of metals; making plastics, perfumes. Inhalation of high doses causes pulmonary edema. Irritant to skin, eyes and mucous membranes.

AZINPHOS-METHYL used as an insecticide. Potential symptoms of over exposure are aching eyes, blurred vision, runny nose, headache, chest tightness, wheezing, laryngeal spasms, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, twitching, paralysis and convulsions, low blood pressure, cardiac irregularities.

BROMINE a halogen. Used in water disinfection, bleaching fibers and silk. Used in the manufacturing of medicinal bromine compounds, dyestuffs. Inhalation causes serious irritation of the respiratory tract mucosa. Dermal contact may cause corrosion.

FOLPET agricultural fungicide. May irritate mucosal surfaces.

HEXANE chief constituent of petroleum ether. Used to determine refractive index of minerals. Used in thermometers instead of mercury. May be irritating to respiratory tract.

MALEIC ANHYDRIDE used to make certain resins, dye intermediates, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural chemicals. Powerful irritant, burns eyes and skin. Inhalation can lead to pulmonary edema.

METHACRYLIC ACID used to make Lucite, Plexiglas, Perspex (resins and plastics). May act as a strong irritant.

MIREX fire retardant for plastics, rubber, paint, paper, electrical goods. This substance is reasonably thought to be carcinogenic.

PHTHALIC ANHYDRIDE used in the manufacturing of phthaleins, phthalates, benzoic acid, synthetic indigo and artificial resins. Irritating to mucous membranes.

PIPERONYL BUTOXIDE insecticide. Large doses have caused vomiting and diarrhea.


SODIUM CYANIDE case hardening of steel, used in manufacturing of other cyanides, used in electroplating baths, fumigation of storage/warehouses, etc. Potential symptoms of over exposure are irritation of the eyes and skin, weakness, headache and confusion, nausea, vomiting, increased rate of respiration, slow gasping respiration, asphyxia, thyroid and blood changes.

STYRENE-D used in the manufacturing of plastics, rubber, resins and insulation. Irritating to the eyes and mucous membranes.

VINYL ACETATE plastic masses, films and lacquers.


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