Cyrus Dugger

The EPA Continues to Endanger Our Safety

This comment was posted on my cross-post of Financial Safety Over Human Safety Narrative Continues.

Whitman's statement also observes that where asbestos levels have exceeded the EPA's one percent "level of concern," the "EPA has operated its 10 High Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) vacuum trucks to clean the area and then resample." She adds that the trucks have also cleaned the "streets and sidewalks in the Financial District in preparation for - return to business." [Environmental Protection Agency, 9/18/2001] However, it is later discovered that the contractor hired to clean the streets failed to equip the vacuum trucks with the required HEPA filters. [New York Daily News, 8/14/2002; Kupferman, 2003 pdf file]

I have also discussed the EPA's conduct in my previous posts:

Why the Challenges Faced by 9/11 Workers Affect Us All

9/11 & The Safety Is Too Expensive Business Model

Congress Rejects Aid For Sick 9/11 Responders: Puts Financial Safety Over

9/11 Financial Safety Over Human Safety Narrative Continues

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Cyrus Dugger
Senior Fellow in Civil Justice
Drum Major Institute for Public Policy

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