Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse

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Within days of the September 11th attack in New York City, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman, together with Time Man of the Year Rudy Giuliani, reassured New Yorkers that air “contaminants are either not detectable or are below the Agency’s concern levels.”

In fact, EPA tests taken at the time showed high concentrations of toxic materials in the air downtown, including asbestos, dioxins, and heavy metals. Con Edison and the Port Authority ...

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Overview

Within days of the September 11th attack in New York City, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman, together with Time Man of the Year Rudy Giuliani, reassured New Yorkers that air “contaminants are either not detectable or are below the Agency’s concern levels.”

In fact, EPA tests taken at the time showed high concentrations of toxic materials in the air downtown, including asbestos, dioxins, and heavy metals. Con Edison and the Port Authority revealed—two months after the attack—that nearly 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel and transformer oils, much of it contaminated with low-level PCBs, had escaped beneath Ground Zero. And independent measurements of indoor air, widespread because the agency declined to test private buildings, showed astronomically higher readings.

Prizewinning journalist Juan Gonzalez argues that public officials misled New Yorkers about the real dangers of toxic contamination after September 11. Their failure may have profound effects on the long-term health of New Yorkers and the reputation of the ex-mayor.

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Library Journal
Among the consequences of the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on September 11 was the release of high levels of toxic substances into the air, the street, and scores of buildings. Those substances included asbestos, lead, mercury, dioxins, furans, diesel fuel and oils, aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, and corrosive dust. Many of the survivors, rescue workers, emergency personnel, firefighters, police, and others who came in contact with these substances have developed serious ailments that will affect their health for years to come. Gonzalez, a prize-winning New York Daily News journalist, alleges that Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman, OSHA inspectors, the New York City Health Department, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and New York newspapers lied to the public by intentionally downplaying the risks of exposure and the anticipated dangers. Information was suppressed, and those who tried to reveal the true extent of the damage were silenced. Gonzalez states that thanks to the efforts of politicians, lawyers, and ordinary citizens who refused to be intimidated, details about the disaster's environmental consequences were finally brought to the public's attention. This book is a tragic indictment of the breakdown of public trust when it was needed most. Recommended. Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565847545
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/27/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author


Daily News columnist Juan González is one of the few journalists investigating the environmental impact of the WTC collapse. His previous books include Roll Down Your Window and Harvest of Empire.
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Table of Contents

Map of Lower Manhattan
Introduction 1
1 Day Turned into Night 29
2 Ignoring the Lessons of History 41
3 Anatomy of a Toxic Nightmare 51
4 Ignorance, Lies, and Cover-up: The Asbestos Fiasco 91
5 The Rescue Workers: Abandoned Heroes 117
6 Uncovering the Truth 127
Appendices 135
Index 143
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