Jeff Steir is saying there is no “credible evidence” that the air quality of Ground Zero had negative health effects for tens-of-thousnands of people. Jeff Steir is a lawyer. So why is he the Associate Director of the American Council on Science and Health? Reading from that webpage I found an obvious conflict of interest:
Mr. Stier also worked both in the office of the Mayor and in Corporation Counsel’s office in the Giuliani administration in New York City. His responsibilities included planning environmental agency programs, legal analysis of proposed legislation, and health policy.
By Graham Rayman source: Village Voice March 25, 2010
At this point, saying that science has yet to directly link 9/11 exposure to the wide range of ailments suffered by Ground Zero workers is like poking a gorilla in the eye with a stick or commanding a boulder to stop rolling downhill.
After all, the city is ready to fork over more than $600 million to sick 9/11 cops, firefighters, construction workers and others who labored on “the pile” in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack. A federal judge, though, seems to think that number is too low. Meanwhile, folks in Congress want to set aside another $10 billion to cover ailing workers. And although there was initial skepticism about the link between the dust and disease, few now question it.
And yet, that’s exactly what Jeff Stier, associate director of the American Council on Science and Health, does in an op-ed in today’s New York Post.
“The fact remains that there is no credible evidence in the medical literature that exposure to Ground Zero dust can cause any chronic disease or condition,” Stier writes. “Some claim that only a few days of exposure at the World Trade Center site caused chronic lung disease and even cancer — but this is contrary to everything we know about epidemiology.”