Archive of News (2002)

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No Serious Health Risks for Public Near Ground Zero, E.P.A. Reports

Most people living or working in the area around ground zero are unlikely to suffer serious short- or long-term health effects from the terror attack, according to a draft report released yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency. But the report said anyone exposed in the early hours was at risk of chronic sickness, as many firefighters have already reported. Continue reading

ON POLITICS; Image Is Everything. Just Ask Christie Whitman.

Christie Whitman could not have had a good week. She was batting away rumors — or perhaps planting them — that she wanted out as the head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Of course, the rumors recalled all those times that President Bush had smacked her in the face while environmentalists accused her of betraying the responsibility that she should never have been given. Continue reading

Ironworkers’ Job of Clearing Ground Zero Is Over, but the Trauma Lingers

The four men sat on a sunny sidewalk in Greenwich Village on a recent workday and ate their lunch staring at the steel skeleton of a building going up on West Third Street. One of them commented on how much easier it was to eat a sandwich in front of steel that was strong and straight and new, not molten and mangled and laden with debris. Continue reading

Ground Zero Cleaning Deadline Is Extended

Residents of Lower Manhattan who want their apartments to be inspected for cleaning by the Environmental Protection Agency now have until Dec. 28 to sign up, the E.P.A. said yesterday. Only a quarter of the eligible residents have accepted the offer, which had been due to expire today. Continue reading

Apartments Tested Downtown Are Ruled Free of Asbestos

The vast majority of the apartments in Lower Manhattan that have been cleaned and tested over the last few months had no asbestos contamination from World Trade Center dust, federal Environmental Protection Agency officials said yesterday in releasing the first results from the cleanup program. Continue reading

Metro Briefing | New York: Manhattan: Ground Zero Cleaning Deadline Is Extended

Residents of Lower Manhattan who want their apartments to be inspected for cleaning by the Environmental Protection Agency now have until Dec. 28 to sign up, the E.P.A. said yesterday. Only a quarter of the eligible residents have accepted the offer, which had been due to expire today. Continue reading

Few of Those Eligible Register For Cleanup Help Near 9/11 Site

With just a week left to sign up, only about a quarter of the New York City residents eligible to have their apartments tested and cleaned to remove leftover World Trade Center dust have registered, federal environmental officials said today. Continue reading

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: REGIONAL MARKET — Downtown Manhattan; A Big Victim Is Still Empty After a Year

Only the magnitude of disaster a few yards away could have eclipsed the painful story of the former Federal Office Building at 90 Church Street. Continue reading

THREATS AND RESPONSES: THE DOCTORS; Mental Health: The Profession Tests Its Limits

New Yorkers were hardest hit by the terror of Sept. 11. But they also lived in a city rich in the resources to deal with its psychological impact. Continue reading

THREATS AND RESPONSES: THE DOCTORS; Mental Health: The Profession Tests Its Limits

New Yorkers were hardest hit by the terror of Sept. 11. But they also lived in a city rich in the resources to deal with its psychological impact. There were more psychotherapists and mental health agencies per square mile than anywhere else in the country. Internationally known trauma experts taught at local universities. Continue reading