News & Updates


February 20, 2003 -- New York Times -- THREATS AND RESPONSES: MENTAL HEALTH; Long-Term Effects of Post-Trauma Events
Among New Yorkers who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after Sept. 11, 2001, those who have lost family members, lost jobs or experienced other stress since the attack are the most likely to still be having symptoms, researchers have found. Continue reading

January 28, 2003 -- Publication -- Federal Study Shows High Number of Ground Zero Workers Had Health Problems Last Year
Among the first wave of ground zero workers who came forward for physical examinations at the Mount Sinai Medical Center last summer, nearly three-fourths had ear, nose or throat problems more than 10 months after the World Trade Center attack, doctors said yesterday. More than half still had lung complaints or abnormal results in pulmonary function tests. Continue reading

January 22, 2003 -- New York Times -- Far From the Dust, a Persistent Cough; Man With Few Trade Center Ties Traces His Asthma to 9/11
Glenn H. Abatemarco got sick two weeks after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, and he has still not fully recovered his ability to breathe normally. That in itself is not terribly unusual. Continue reading

January 3, 2003 -- Publication -- Study to Follow Those Exposed to Trade Center Ash
New York City and federal health officials are working out the final details of what they say would be the largest study of its kind ever undertaken -- a far-reaching health registry to follow as many as 200,000 people exposed to ash and dust from the destruction of the World Trade Center. Continue reading

December 28, 2002 -- New York Times -- 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

December 22, 2002 -- New York Times -- 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

November 11, 2002 -- New York Times -- 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

October 23, 2002 -- New York Times -- 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

October 23, 2002 -- New York Times -- 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

October 3, 2002 -- New York Times -- 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