HVAC Breaking News

Health Complaints Generate World Trade Center Hearing

February 11, 2002
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
WASHINGTON, DC — According to Energy & Environment Daily, the Senate’s Clean Air Subcommittee is holding a field hearing Monday, Feb. 11th in New York, NY, to investigate the environmental and public health effects stemming from the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Since the attacks, rescue and recovery workers, residents, and students in Lower Manhattan have complained of bloody noses, sinus infections, and other respiratory illnesses.

The day following the attacks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found asbestos levels above a threshold of concern at Ground Zero. The EPA has stated that the outdoor downtown air quality does not pose long-term health risks. Regarding indoor air, there are differences over whether EPA or local authorities should have responsibility for such risks. EPA says it has the lead on outdoor issues while New York City officials are in charge of indoor matters.

Both the federal agency and local health officials have been criticized by local, state, and national lawmakers for failing to notify the public about the long-term effects associated with the buildings’ collapse. Private tests have shown high asbestos levels and government documents also have revealed levels exceeding federal limits for hazardous pollutants such as dioxin, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), benzene, lead, and chromium.

The EPA ombudsman's office is investigating the agency's role in air quality testing and the city's cleanup efforts. EPA says it collects data from more than 20 stationary monitors in and around Ground Zero, as well as at sites in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. It also uses portable testing equipment from several other locations.

Publication date: 02/11/2002

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

Recent Articles by John Hall

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Jeremy Begley

Jeremy Begley, home-performance specialist and Web and social media manager with National Heating and Air Conditioning Co. in Cincinnati discusses how and why you should add home-performance philosophies to your contracting repertoire. Posted on Sept. 12.

More Podcasts


NEWS 09-15-14 cover

2014 September 15

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Venting R-22

The NEWS reported that a man received prison time for venting R-22. Should EPA step up enforcement?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con