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He is well aware that some scientists question whether illnesses like his were really caused by ground zero toxins. But he has no doubts.

“My heart told me I got it from there,” he said.

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Online:

Howard’s statement about the program, and the advisory panel’s report: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/wtc/stacpetition001.html

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AP Medical Writer Mike Stobbe reported from Atlanta.