Archive of News (2004)

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Thousands Near 9/11 Attack Reported Ill Effects, U.S. Says

More than three years after the World Trade Center was destroyed, city health officials released data yesterday from a two-year study showing that thousands of people in the vicinity of the towers on Sept. 11, 2001, said they had increased respiratory problems and suffered higher rates of emotional distress. Continue reading

Binding Firefighters’ Psychological Wounds

Malachy P. Corrigan’s father was a fireman for 38 years, a member of Engine 292 in Woodside, Queens, but if he thought it a treacherous job, he never let on to his wife and children. Firefighting was a manly calling; real men didn’t complain or cry. Mr. Corrigan, a sentimentalist, keeps a model of his father’s fire truck near his desk. Continue reading

Metro Briefing | New York: Manhattan: E.P.A. Official To Quit

The federal official overseeing the controversial cleanup and environmental testing of apartments near ground zero has submitted her resignation. In a letter dated Oct. 12, the official, Jane M. Kenny, said she would leave her job as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 administrator on Nov. 12 for a ”new opportunity,” but was not more specific. Continue reading

New York: Manhattan: E.P.A. Official To Quit

The federal official overseeing the controversial cleanup and environmental testing of apartments near ground zero has submitted her resignation. In a letter dated Oct. 12, the official, Jane M. Kenny, said she would leave her job as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 administrator on Nov. 12 for a ”new opportunity,” but was not more specific. Ms. Kenny, who was appointed to her post in 2001, has rejected claims that residents and workers were allowed to return to the area around ground zero too soon. Continue reading

Binding Firefighters’ Psychological Wounds

MALACHY P. CORRIGAN’S father was a fireman for 38 years, a member of Engine 292 in Woodside, Queens, but if he thought it a treacherous job, he never let on to his wife and children. Firefighting was a manly calling; real men didn’t complain or cry. Continue reading

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

Metro Briefing | New York: Manhattan: Ground Zero Workers Sue

A group of workers has filed a class-action lawsuit against the companies hired to clean up after the World Trade Center attack. The workers claim they were exposed to toxic fumes and debris at ground zero. Continue reading

Manhattan: Ground Zero Workers Sue

A group of workers has filed a class-action lawsuit against the companies hired to clean up after the World Trade Center attack. The workers claim they were exposed to toxic fumes and debris at ground zero. The lawsuit, which also names the entities that leased and managed the trade center, was filed on Friday in federal court in Manhattan and announced yesterday. Continue reading

Study Finds Lack of Data on Health Effects of 9/11 Dust

Days before the third anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Center, federal agencies have yet to make a coordinated and comprehensive effort to study the health effects of the debris that filled the air in the weeks after the attack, according to a draft copy of a government study to be presented to Congress today. The study also shows that there is still no federal treatment program for those suffering from related problems. Continue reading

In a Speck of 9/11 Dust, a World of Chaos

When David Scharf first examined dust that another photographer had scooped up from her quarantined apartment 350 feet from the collapsed World Trade Center, he was a bit spooked Continue reading