Daily News Archive
From September 19, 2001

Environmental Precautions Taken in Midst of Disaster

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is monitoring New York City air in the wake of the destruction on September 11, according to Environment News Service. Federal environment officials' sampled air downwind of the World Trade Center. Analysis showed levels of lead, asbestos, and volatile organic compounds were "not detectable or not of concern."

Testing and monitoring at the World Trade Center and Pentagon sites are taking place to ensure the safety of rescue workers and the public. According to EPA Administrator
Christie Whitman, "EPA is greatly relieved to have learned that there appears to be no significant levels of asbestos dust in the air in New York City. We are working closely with rescue crews to ensure that all appropriate precautions are taken. We will continue to monitor closely." Both sites are receiving asbestos respirators, breathing apparatuses, and protective clothing suits to further safeguard the health of the public and rescue crews.

The safety of workers digging trenches amidst underground leaking gas lines to shut off gas leaks in New York City is another concern. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is working with this issue, advising the workers wear protective gear and respirators.

Read more at http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2001/2001L-09-13-04.html