Wednesday | September 10, 2003
EPA: Ground Zero air ok. Reality: "like a chemical factory"
While the EPA was frorced by the NSA to declare Ground Zero safe, the reality was completely different:
The burning ruins of the World Trade Center spewed toxic gases "like a chemical factory" for at least six weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks despite government assurances the air was safe, according to a study released on Wednesday.The Administration's argument, of course, is that it had to declare Ground Zero based on national security considerations. I'm having a hard time seeing what those considerations might've been.
To prevent a panic? To convince poor saps to clear out the wreckage? To get commerce back up and running in Manhattan?
Are those the reasons they have likely cut short the lives of hundreds or thousands of New Yorkers, and plagued them with a lifetime of respiratory ailments?Posted September 10, 2003 02:36 PM | Comments (117)