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Fallout : the environmental consequences of the World Trade Center collapse

Author: Juan González
Publisher: New York : New Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Within days of the September 11th attack in New York City, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman, together with Rudy Giuliani, reassured New Yorkers that air "contaminants are either not detectable or are below the Agency's concern levels." In fact, EPA tests taken at the time showed high concentrations of toxic materials in the air downtown, including asbestos, dioxins, and heavy metals.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juan González
ISBN: 1565847547 9781565847545 1565848454 9781565848450
OCLC Number: 50025608
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 150 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 20 cm
Contents: Map of Lower Manhattan --
Day Turned into Night --
Ignoring the Lessons of History --
Anatomy of a Toxic Nightmare --
Ignorance, Lies, and Cover-up: The Asbestos Fiasco --
The Rescue Workers: Abandoned Heroes --
Uncovering the Truth.
Responsibility: Juan González.

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Within days of the September 11th attack in New York City, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman, together with Rudy Giuliani, reassured New Yorkers that air "contaminants are either not detectable or are below the Agency's concern levels." In fact, EPA tests taken at the time showed high concentrations of toxic materials in the air downtown, including asbestos, dioxins, and heavy metals. Con Edison and the Port Authority revealed--two months after the attack--that nearly 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel and transformer oils, much of it contaminated with low-level PCBs, had escaped beneath Ground Zero. And independent measurements of indoor air, widespread because the agency declined to test private buildings, showed astronomically higher readings. Journalist Juan Gonzalez argues that public officials misled New Yorkers about the real dangers of toxic contamination after September 11. Their failure may have profound effects on the long-term health of New Yorkers and the reputation of the ex-mayor.

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