Ground Zero September 13, 2001 (photo by Andrea Booher via wikipedia.org)
From a House Resolution on the 10th anniversary of 9/11:
Whereas memorials have been constructed… so that Americans and people from around the world can visit to mourn those lost and to pay tribute to the heroic action and sacrifice of those who have served our communities and our country in the years since the attacks;
Commentary on the resolution from Activistpost.com:
First responders who risked their lives were first deceived about the air quality by the EPA, made to fight and beg for sufficient health care, run through a terror watch list, and have been denied a place at (sic) 10th Anniversary Ceremony, which is supposedly being given to honor courage and resolve. Quite a tribute!
Ten years after the attacks of 9/11, the EPA is still sickening New Yorkers – both figuratively and literally.
In the days following September 11, 2001, Christine Todd Whitman, who at the time administered the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA, assured Lower Manhattan residents and first responders that the air quality at Ground Zero was safe, with negligible amounts of toxic substances such as asbestos.
A 2003 report by the EPA’s inspector general concluded that the agency did not have the necessary data to make that call – and did so under pressure from the White House to present a reassuring public image.
An article in Friday’s New York Times reports that, although the EPA says they’ve learned from mistakes made in the aftermath of 9/11, critics – including Representative Jerrold Nadler – remain unconvinced that the EPA has made the necessary changes.
To the contrary, local elected officials and government watchdogs say the EPA has made virtually no changes to its standard operating procedures, changes that could prevent the same thing from happening in the event of another attack. Continue Reading »