News & Updates


February 4, 2006 -- New York Times -- Whitman Defends Finding on Air After 9/11
Christie Whitman, the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, yesterday rejected as ''completely inaccurate'' a ruling by a federal judge that found she had misled people near the World Trade Center site about the risks of toxic air contamination after the Sept. 11 attack. Continue reading

February 3, 2006 -- New York Times -- Public Misled on Air Quality After 9/11 Attack, Judge Says
Christie Whitman, when she led the Environmental Protection Agency, made "misleading statements of safety" about the air quality near the World Trade Center in the days after the Sept. 11 attack and may have put the public in danger, a federal judge found yesterday. Continue reading

December 12, 2005 -- New York Times -- E.P.A. to Clean Apartments Despite Objections to Plan
Despite being rejected by residents, denounced by members of Congress and disowned by the panel of experts that was supposed to shape it, the plan by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to test and clean a limited number of Manhattan apartments for World Trade Center dust will go forward early next year. Continue reading

November 30, 2005 -- New York Times -- E.P.A. Changes Cleanup Plans Near Ground Zero
Abandoning an ambitious cleanup plan for Lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, federal environmental officials said yesterday that they would clean, at no cost, any apartment south of Canal Street with unacceptable levels of contaminants from the collapse of the World Trade Center. Continue reading

September 15, 2005 -- New York Times -- 9/11 Contamination Is High at Bank Tower, Study Says
A new environmental study of the former Deutsche Bank building opposite ground zero, independent of the bank and its insurers, has confirmed the presence of high levels of asbestos, dioxin, lead and other contaminants throughout the unused 40-story tower. Continue reading

September 6, 2005 -- New York Times -- Traumatized by 9/11, Fired Over Drug Rule
If anyone seemed an able candidate for the harrowing recovery work at ground zero, it was Firefighter Tom Kelly, a former marine and sandhog who had spent most of his 14-year career pulling people out of fires and accidents. Continue reading

August 12, 2005 -- New York Times -- Bovis Is Awarded Deal to Demolish a Tainted Tower at Ground Zero
Bovis Lend Lease, a construction company that arrived at ground zero on Sept. 12, 2001, and stayed more than 10 months as part of the excavation and debris removal project, was awarded a $75 million contract yesterday to clean and dismantle the contaminated former Deutsche Bank tower at 130 Liberty Street. Continue reading

May 25, 2005 -- New York Times -- Plan to Test Downtown Dust Draws Ire
An Environmental Protection Agency plan to look for hazardous dust in buildings near ground zero was criticized yesterday by residents of Lower Manhattan and environmental advocates, who said it was deeply flawed and unrealistic. Continue reading

May 12, 2005 -- New York Times -- Buildings Farther From Ground Zero to Be Tested for Contaminated Dust
In order to determine how far the choking dust cloud spread from ground zero after the World Trade Center collapsed, federal officials are planning, for the first time, to look for a telltale sign of the dust in apartment buildings and workplaces along part of the Brooklyn waterfront and as far north as Houston Street in Lower Manhattan. Continue reading

May 1, 2005 -- New York Times -- Health Screenings for 9/11 Rescue Workers Will Resume
The organizers of a medical screening program that tracks the health of rescue workers who labored in the wreckage of the World Trade Center announced yesterday that the program will start accepting new patients again, in the hopes of reaching thousands of people who could not be accommodated previously. Continue reading