Archive of News (2005)

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$45 Million More Is Sought to Clean Trade Center Tower

Now that they know the extent of hazardous contamination in the former Deutsche Bank building opposite ground zero, state redevelopment officials will seek an extra $45 million to clean the 40-story tower before they dismantle it. Continue reading