9/11 VICTIMS BATTLING OVER 70 FORMS OF CANCER - THEIR FATE IS IN CONGRESS’ HANDS : EIGHT DAYS AFTER 9/11, FORMER EPA ADMINISTRATOR CHRISTINE WHITMAN TOLD NEW YORKERS THAT THE DUST-FILLED AIR THAT FILLED NEW YORK CITY’S SKIES WAS SAFE TO BREATHE | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


9/11 VICTIMS BATTLING OVER 70 FORMS OF CANCER - THEIR FATE IS IN CONGRESS’ HANDS : EIGHT DAYS AFTER 9/11, FORMER EPA ADMINISTRATOR CHRISTINE WHITMAN TOLD NEW YORKERS THAT THE DUST-FILLED AIR THAT FILLED NEW YORK CITY’S SKIES WAS SAFE TO BREATHE

Eight days after 9/11, former EPA administrator Christine Whitman told New Yorkers that the dust-filled air that filled New York City’s skies was safe to breathe. We now know how shockingly false this declaration of safety was.
In fact, more people may have died from healthcare complications resulting from breathing in toxic debris than people who died in the 9/11 attacks nearly 17 years ago. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), more than 500,000 people are battling cancer and other diseases linked to the toxins that poured into the air following the attacks. Of the 500,000 exposed, NIOSH estimates 35,000 will develop cancer at a rate 21 percent higher than the general population.

And unless Congress acts, these victims won’t get compensation for years of injury and irreparable damage endured from prolonged exposure to these toxins.

Ground Zero burned for 99 days. In a speech to the American Chemical Society in 2003, atmospheric scientist Thomas Cahill, who analyzed samples from Ground Zero, said the debris was essentially an enormous concoction of toxic chemicals and gases.

“The debris pile acted like a chemical factory,” Cahill said. “It cooked together the components of the buildings and their contents, including enormous numbers of computers, and gave off gases of toxic metals, acids, and organics.”

According to the National Resources Defense Council (PDF link), the 16-acre site contained 1.2 million tons of building material and contents, which burned at temperatures close to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit along with 90,000 liters of jet fuel and 130,000 gallons of transformer oil. The “chemical factory” Cahill described was an estimated 300 to 400 tons of asbestos, 50,000 personal computers (each of which included mercury and lead), 300 mainframe computers, hundreds of miles of wires containing polyvinyl chloride, 23,00 mercury containing light bulbs, and 12,000 miles of electric cables containing polychlorinated biphenyls.

In 2003, the EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) admitted that, in reference to Whitman’s statement declaring the air “safe to breathe” on September 19, 2001, the agency “did not have sufficient data and analyses to make such a blanket statement” regarding safety. The OIG also revealed that the White House pressured the EPA to remove cautionary statements in favor of reassuring ones.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Whitman did was criminal; but then, of course, she was working for that unholy, criminal trinity of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, so felt any statement to get first respondeers to immediately respond, even though it was an horrendous, outright lie, was perfectly legimimate. Now, people are suffering and dying because of this.

Congress, thinking Americans are watching what you do here; these people are NOT expendable; their courageous work should be honored with the best medical care this country can provide. Unlike former Vice-President Cheney, who, mysteriously, wound up at the top of the charts for a heart translplant (which was amazing, because, come on, now, who new he even had one?!?) they have earned it.

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